Purnagiri Temple – Tanakpur, Uttarakhand
Purnagiri Temple, at an altitude of 3000 metres above sea level is about 17 km from Tanakpur in Uttarakhand. It is considered a Shaktipeeth and is also one of the 108 Siddha Peeths. It is believed that Sati Mata’s Navel fell at this spot. Purnagiri is also known as Punyagiri. The temple is located near the Sharda River. Purnagiri Temple is known for its miracles which are a part of folklore.
In 1632 a Merchant from Gujarat named Chandra Tiwari had taken shelter with King Gyanchand of Champawat. He built the temple as Maa Purnagiri appeared in his dream and asked him to build a temple. Prayers and worship started then, continue to this day. Chaitra Navratri is the biggest festival celebrated here. A Mela is also organised and countless devotees from all over India come during this period.
Darshan of Bhairon Baba – a must before going to Purnagiri Temple
Surrounded by the Mallikagiri, Kalikagiri and Hamla peaks, Purnagiri temple. Devotees consider it a must to have darshan of Bhairon Baba as they set out for Purnagiri Temple. It is Bhairon Baba who gives the consent to carry on.
Story of the False Temple
While returning from Purnagiri Mandir one comes across what is known as the ‘Jhoota Mandir’ (False Temple). It is said a trader had promised Maa Purnagiri that he would build a golden Altar if his wish of having a son was fulfilled. His wish was granted by the Goddess. Greed overcame the trader and he built an altar of copper with gold plating. When the altar was being carried up, it was kept on the ground while the people carrying it rested. When they tried to pick it up again, it would not move. The trader understood the Goddess’ displeasure, begged forgiveness and built a temple over that altar.
Besides the Bhairon Baba temple and the Jhoota mandir there is the Purnagiri Charan Mandir at the starting point of the trek. On the way is a Kali Temple that is also highly revered here. Panchmukhi Mahadev temple is also a well known temple, besides other temples in Tanakpur.
Purnagiri Temple Timings
- 05:00 AM to 5:00 PM In Winters
- 05:00 AM to 07:00 PM in Winters
- (Timings are likely to change during Festivals)
How to reach Purnagiri Temple
The motorable road from Tanakpur goes up to Thuligarh. From there the temple can be reached by a two km walk.
Tanakpur is the nearest Railway Station, about 18 km from Purnadevi Temple.
Pantnagar is the nearest Airport, about 145 km from the temple.
Delhi Airport is about 368 km from the temple.