Legend has it that, a huge number of pilgrims from Rajasthan had embarked upon a journey to the ancient Jain temple of Kangra to seek blessings from Lord Aadinath. They were travelling in bullock carts and were carrying an idol of Mata Chakreshvari Devi. She was regarded as an ardent worshipper of the Lord Adityanath, also going by the names of Adishthanayak Devi of Lord Adityanath or Shasan Devi. The pilgrim caravan had halted at Sirhind, at the present site of the temple, for their overnight stay. The following morning when everyone was set to resume their journey, the rath that was carrying the idol of Shri Mata Chakreshvari did not budge despite all the efforts of the devotees.
The pilgrims were left perplexed at the turn of events and were debating among themselves when the palki with the idol got flooded with a bright light. It is believed that there was an Aakashvani or celestial announcement. “Let this be my place of abode.” The devotees tried explaining their previous night’s misery to the deity - the lack of water and ubiquitous sand. They begged her to reconsider her choice of abode. Mata Chakreshvari then guided her devotees to a nearby piece of land, which when dug would provide an abundance of water. The devotees were extraordinarily pleased and thus, fixed the idol of Mata Chakreshvari Devi at that site and built her a beautiful temple. To this day in the present, the water from that Tank is considered to be highly sacred and is carried home by many.