Jai Mata Shakumbhari Devi. Maa's auspicious temple is situated in a beautiful valley in the foothills of Himalayas, towards North of the famous city/ distt Saharanpur of Uttar Pradesh. There is quite a lot of difficulty to search for the exact place on the Google Maps or through Mobile navigatore as there are too many distracting pointers for the same. The best way to find the exact location is to search for "Shakumbhari Devi Bhavan Temple" on Google Maps and though it would show you, the place is shut down or relocated in some devices, however it will take you to the right place. For other search phrases, there are more than 1 option to choose from and quite distracting to choose the right one. Well this issue is though not as much because once you are on ground and around the area, the place is very famous and will take you one place only.
This is where it is actually located.
Images courtesy: Google Maps.
Pointer recorded at that place on mobile at Mata Shakumbhari Devi Temple location.
How to reach
I will build this section soon, however before that. here are the pictures for the self explorers who wish to see the path before.
Start from Delhi
We started our tour from Delhi and yes did a mistake to choose the shortest path showing in Google Maps which was: South Delhi-ISBT: Karnal Bypass-Sonipat-Panipat and then take a RIGHT from there through the small roads of the villages. It is short but after some time, the roads are completely broken. I suggest choose Delhi-Gaziabad-Muzzafar Nagar and through Dehradoon Road, read more in the How to reach link.
So, we started through the GT road (NH1) from Delhi through Murthal-Sonipat-Panipat road.
Ahuja Dhaba at Murthal at NH1
At Panipat, coming from Delhi, take RIGHT towards Shamli
The road from Panipat till Shamli is a 2 way road but without traffic and well made too. Few speed breakers occassionaly. Also suggested that since it is a village road of Uttar Pradesh Area, avoid them after dark, though there is regular running traffic on this road too.
Entering Shamli District
Crossing Shamli and moving towards Saharanpur is where the Nightmere begins!
The road is broken, sorry no pic, but it is completely broken with very big digs in them made by the trucks. And the situation is the same for years. These 60-70 Kms are odd to pass and become the deciding factor to choose all other roads apart from this. As per locals, this is the state of this road for a long time and seems to continue future.
Reaching Saharanpur, we stayed in a reasonably decent available hotel only, we could find and moved early morning anticipating same condition of the road.
From here, we keep moving on the Mata Shakumbhari Devi Road, which as well is completely broken from Saharanpur city center till Behat.
At Behat, the road coming from Dehradoon/ Haridwar is a recently made well built road and a relief.
And just a couple of Kilometers through Behat this road turns paradise after the gate and to the dedicated road to Maa's Temple only.
This is the gate to the road to Maa's Temple and the left side road leads to Ponta Sahib and other places.
And within minutes of drive you reach the valley where at first you reach the Bhura Dev ji's Mandir.
Shri Bhoora Dev Ji (Bhakt of Mata Shakumbhari Devi)
Bhura Dev Ji is said to be the bhakt of Maa Bhagwati who had fought for Maa when the Asuras came to fight with Maa Bhakwati. Though Maa took up the battle Herself later however also granted the wish to Her devotee that He will always be worshipped before him. And thus pilgrims are suggested to visit this small temple before proceeding further.
Moving further to Maa's Bhavan