Harsiddhi Temple


There is an interesting legend in the Skanda Purana about the manner in which the Goddess Chandi acquired the epithet of “Harsiddhi”. Once on Mount Kailash, when Shiva and Parvati were alone, two demons named Chand and Prachand tried to force their way in. Shiva called upon Chandi to destroy them, which she did. Pleased, Shiva bestowed upon her the epithet of 'one who vanquishes all'. The temple was reconstructed during the Maratha period and the two pillars adorned with lamps are special features of Maratha art. These lamps are lit during Navaratri presenting a glorious spectacle. There is an ancient well within the premises, and an artistic pillar adorns the top of it. Seated between the idols of Mahalaxmi and Mahasaraswati, the idol of Annapurna is painted in dark vermilion colour. SriYantra, the symbol of power or Shakti, is also enshrined in the temple.