Sidhbali Temple is one of the most popular and recognized Temple in Kotdwara(a town in pauri garhwal district in Uttarakhand). Sidhbali is named after Lord hanuman ji and devotee of lord hanuman keep coming the temple regularly. The temple is around 230 KM from delhi and the place Kotdwara can be reached by Bus or Train.
Story Behind Temple-
There is one very old story attached to the temple history. In Treta yugh(The time of Lord Ram) when Hanuman ji was carring the sanjeevni herbs for laxman and flying away over this place (kotdwara). One devil (who was sent by Ravana) became a fake rishi and started chanting (Ram gaan) at the river bank. Hanuman ji heard the chanting and came to the devil enjoying his chant. Later hanumanji recognized the devil and killed him with his Ghada(Vajra). Hence the place became famous and devotiees come to take blessings of Lord Hanuman ji.
The temple is situated at the highest corner of the city. You can view the entire town from the temple and believe me the view is really fantastic. Temple is situated at the bank of khoh river. So if take my suggestion go to temple at the evening time. The natural beauty is at the peak that time. Sunset and the shining sky with calm and cool environment. This is really a place to visit.
What is famous there-
pandits are all time availabe in temple premises so you can do the offering anytime. In the evening time it’s time for hanuman ji aarti so don’t miss it. When you are getting down from the exit gate there are shiv ji temple and shani temple also along. These are also ancient temples and visiting these places has a great value. On every sunday there bhandara(public lunch distribution) happens in the temple. The food is really tasty 🙂
How to reach-
There are two ways to reach kotdwara. One is by bus which is almost every time available from ISBT, Kashmiri Gate Delhi at the interval of 15 to 30 minuts. The second way is by train. Garhwal express and Mussoorie express are available from Delhi.
Sidhbali Baba Aarti
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