Now, devotees offer their prayers to a rock having three pindis or heads here, signifying the presence of the goddess.
Located on the banks of the Gomti River and about 28 km away from the main city, at Bakshi ka Talaab, the iconic Chandrika Devi Temple is an ancient piece of architecture from the Ramayana era. Several legends have been proliferated behind the establishment of this temple and thus, it holds great religious significance! So read on to take a virtual tour of this site and whether you are a believer or not, we're sure that this temple is going to hook your interest.
The most devout & legendary tale of a moonless night
As per Hindu mythology, Lakshmana's elder son- Rajkumar Chandraketu, got lost on a moonless night while riding an Ashwamedha horse in the forest, surrounding this temple land. On praying hard for his safety, a deity appeared and the entire place was flooded with moonlight. This led to the construction of a temple, with the presiding deity known as Chandrika Devi and now, devotees offer their prayers to a rock having three pindis or heads here, signifying the presence of the goddess.
Other perks of going to the Chandrika Devi Temple
During festivities, such as Navratri in specific, the temple gets crowded as devotees from all over the state visit this shrine, claiming that their wishes will be fulfilled or already are. A bazaar outside the temple sells toys, brass items, inexpensive jewellery, souvenirs, iron tools for gardening and cooking utensils, among other things, so bagging a few local items will lift up your spirits further. Moreover, several dhabas serving mouth-watering food, are present both inside and outside the temple premises, to meet your random snacky hankerings!
So if you wish to visit 'Chandrika Maa' or are in general curious about these mythical tales, do visit this pious temple while undertaking all pandemic-appropriate precautions!
Address: Bakshi ka Talab, Sitapur Road, Lucknow
Timing: 5 AM to 10 PM (The timings are subject to the current pandemic situation, so please confirm beforehand)