In the outskirts of Dehradun lies the Daat Kali Temple dedicated to Hindu Goddess Maa Kali also known as Kalika by Hindus. This sacred shrine is located in the midst of the dense thicket falling on Dehradun-Saharanpur road; the passersby occasionally stop here to pay obeisance to the deity.
Known for her rage, the Goddess Kali is the presiding deity of this temple and many devotees from far-off places visit this temple to bow their heads in faith. The temple has large halls, offering lodging facility to the devotees. Since the temple is situated amidst the dense forest, monkey menace is common so do take care of your belongings.
Religious Significance of Daat Kali Temple
Maa Daat Kali is considered to be a talisman, that averts any mishap, that may happen with a rider or a traveller on the road. The natives of Dehradun look upon to Maa Daat Kali as their guardian while they travel on the road. It is her blessing, that they seek on the purchases of any unused automobile.Religious offerings such as oil, ghee, rwa are showered on the deity during the prayers.
History of Daat Kali Temple
Daat Kali Temple also known as Kali Maa ka Mandir was established on June 13, 1804, on Sashti Asadh when the construction work of Dehradun-Saharanpur highway was in progress.
Legend related to Daat Kali Temple
According to a local lore, Maa Kali appeared in the dreams of an engineer and graced him with an idol. Therefore, the Daat Kali temple was built, where the idol of Maa Kali was enshrined.
How to reach Daat Kali Temple in Dehradun
Daat Kali Temple on Dehradun-Saharanpur highway is located at a distance of 14 km from Dehradun Clock Tower. If you are returning to Dehradun from Delhi, then you can see this temple on your way to home. Daat Kali temple can be easily accessed by taking the bus or taxi. The nearest railhead is Dehradun railway station at 13 km away. Jolly Grant airport at 39 km away is the closest air connectivity from here.