is the middle of Himalayas with Himachal Pradesh in the west and
northwest, China in the north and wetern Uttar Pradesh in the south.
Kumaon is located at the eastern part of Gahwal. The ancient text
describe it as Kedarkhand or the region of Kedarnath.
Worship of Lord Shiva and Devi Durga is predominant in the entire region.
Nearly every hill top has a temple attracting villagers from the far off
places.However there are certain temples which are considered as Sidh
Peeths. People visit these places regularly to revere the deity. One
such temple is located at Sangura (BILKHET).
Along the right hand banks of River Nyaar( also called (NARAD GANGA) there
is a Siddh Peeth of Maa- Bhuvneshwari about 15 Km. away from Satpuli in
Pauri district. Its believed that all wishes are granted by
Maa-Bhuvneshwari. Just eleven Parikrama at the temple fulfills one's
wish. Legends about this temple claim that this was the home chosen by
Maa - Bhuvneshwari herself.
The story goes back to the ancient times when the Indraprastha region was
constantly being attacked by invaders. The places of worship were
damaged. Five Devis decided to move out from that place and go to
Along with Veer Bhairav, Maa Aadi Shakti Bhuvneshwari, Maa Jwalpa, Maa
Balsundri, Maa Baalkunwari, Maa Rajrajeshwari started for Kedarkhand.
They reached Najibabad which was an important trade center at that time. All
the people of Garhwal region used to collect their household goods from
Najibabad. The only modes of transport at that time were horses. A group
of people from Sainar were also there to get household items for them
and their fellow villagers.
Enroute the Devis reached Najibabad and Maa Bhuvneshwari was very tired. She
entered in a sac full of salt as a small stone (Matralinga). Incidently
that sac was purchased by Bhavan Singh Negi resident of Sainar village
in east Maniyarsuin Pauri.from the trader named Kallu Mian.
The caravan passed through Kotdwar , Dogadda Fatehpur and Badel to reach
Sangura where they made a halt. People from village gathered to help
them with the goods they brought from Najibabad. Bhavan Singh Negi
noticed that the salt of his sack contained a stone (originally the
Matrilingh) weighing 5 Sers. He threw that stone and went to his
During his sleep he had a dream and Maan Bhuvneshwari told him that I love
this place and I will stay over here. You threw away the Matrilingh.
Establish me here and construct my temple at this place were the
Maan's order. The same night Maan Bhuvneshwari instructed Netramani
Naithani of Naithana village to build a temple in whose land the Devi
wanted to be established.
Some of us who have been fortunate to visit that area can understand why
Devi chose that place.It is impossible to explain the serenity of that
location in words. On one end of the hill you have Narad Ganga flowing
vey quietly as if just trying to touch feet of Maan Bhuvneshwari without
disturbing her. On the other end you have lush green fields . Such
topography is very rare in Hills. The entire region is sorrounded by
hills having typical Himalayan vegetation.
The nearest airport is Jolly Grant in Dehradun. The nearest Railway
station is Kotdwara. Its two hour drive to the temple from Kotdwara. The
temple is well connected by road. Regular bus and taxi services are
available from Kotdwar to Satpuli from where taxi and buses are
available to the temple. The temple is located about 20 kilometres from
Hotels are available in Satpuli. The trust has got a Dharam Shala at the
temple site which provides free accommodation to the visitors.