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Located in Kankhal in Haridwar, Daksha Mahadev is one of the oldest temples and a prime place of pilgrimage for Shaivites. The chief deity of the temple is Lord Shiva and Goddess Sati. The temple is named after King Daksha Prajapati, the father of Goddess Sati. Also known as Daksheswara Mahadev Temple, it houses the Yajna Kund and the Daksha ghat on the left of the main temple where devotees take a dip in the holy Ganga River. The temple is also known for its pompous Shivratri celebrations.
Daksha Mahadev Temple is widely famous among the devotees of Lord Shiva and lakhs of devotees gather around the temple every year. The rush gets heavier during the month of Sayan. Apart from Yajna Kund in one part of the temple, there is another part where a Shiv Linga has been installed. The walls of Daksheswara Mahadev temple depict the various episodes of the yajna story of King Daksha and the entire history of the temple. The temple premises also has a very banyan tree, which is thousands of years old.
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