(Last Updated on : 05/04/2014)
Pilgrimage tourism in Saharanpur District includes visits to several holy shrines and temples. People from far and wide travel to these religious places. Pilgrimage tourism in Saharanpur District offers a memorable experience to the travellers.
Some of the popular religious places of Saharanpur District are as follows -
Shri Baba Lal Das
: Baba Lal Das performed his Tapasya in Saharanpur as a result of which Mughal ruler Dara Shikoh
had to bow in front of Indian culture. Tapasvi Shri Chetan Swami was his Guru. After obtaining his education from his Guru, Baba came to Saharanpur and performed Tapasya for hundred years. This place in Saharanpur is famous as Bada Shri Lal Das or Lalvadi. It is situated along the Chilkana road four kms to the north of Saharanpur.
Shakti Peeth Shakumbari
: Shakti Peeth Shakumbari is situated at a distance of 40 kms to the north of Saharanpur. The Devi temple situated in Shakumbari area dates back to ancient times although there is no concrete historical and archeological evidence. The popularity of this temple has been increasing day by day and millions of devotees visit this temple to offer their prayers. Twice a year that is in the months of Ashwin and Chaitra the famous Shakumbari mela is organized. The idols at Shakumbari temples do not represent a very ancient architecture. Some people believe that this temple was constructed during the Marathas while other believes that Adi Shankaracharya
performed his Tapasya here and these idols were installed by him in this temple. It is said that Goddess Shakumbari killed Mahishasura Maha Daitya.
Shakti Peeth Deoband
: Along the Saharanpur-Muzaffarnagar Highway lies the small town of Deoband. Thousands of years back, a very dense forest existed here. Since, this forest served as a residence of Goddess Durga
, it came to be known as Devi Van, which was later named as Deoband. To the east of Deoband lies a large ancient lake, which is widely, know as Devi-Kund. It is said that Devi Durga had killed the Maha Asur Durg at this kund only. A temple of Bala Sundari has been built near this Devi Kund. This temple belongs to ancient times and this is proved by the fact that the inscriptions engraved on the door of the temple have not been deciphered till now. Every year a large festival (mela) is organized here in Chaitra Shukla Chaturdasi. Innumerable devotees throng this place to take a dip in the holy waters of this Kund and worship goddess Durga. Devi Kund and the Bala Sundari temple of Deoband are considered as one of the two Shakti Peeths of Saharanpur District.
Nau Gaza Peer
: Among the different Peer existing in this region Nau Gaza has a unique identity. It has 26 feet long 'Mazaar'. The most peculiar features of this Mazaar are that every time this Mazzar is measured it appeared to be of a different size. The Mazaars of the Nau Gaza exists at Gagalheri and Baliakheri. There are different versions about Nau Gaza. Nau Gaza Peer has a great religious significance in Saharanpur. Every year a large festival (mela) is organized here and thousands of devotees visit this place for worship.
All these religious tourist places of Saharanpur District are worth visiting.