Trek : Magic of Mandu Sidh Temple
One of the major four Sidh Temples located in Dehradun.
Trek Distance: 2 km
Trek time : 30 minutes
Terrain difficulty : moderate
This beautiful temple located in the outskirts of Dehradun, next to our beautiful farmhouse, DIV Estate. Mandu Sidh temple is one of the four renowned Sidhs in Dehradun, particularly Kalu Siddh in the east of Dehradun, Laxman Siddh in the south, Manak Siddh in the west and Mandu Siddh (in the discussion) in the north. It is believed that visiting all the four Sidhs while fasting within a day fulfils the wish of the devotee.
During the Treta Yuga, Atri Rishi and Mother Anusaya received a boon from the Trimurti( Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva and Lord Bhrama) for a son. Dattatreya was gifted with an impeccable intelligence since childhood and went ahead to have 24 gurus to attain true knowledge and perfection in various skills.
Dattatreya, or Sri Datta, as he is also referred to, is accorded as a Hindu deity who is also regarded as an aspect of the Divine Trinity or Trimurti of Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara. He is believed to be the first teacher to the 9 Navnaths and his 84 disciplines.
It is believed that Lord Dattatreya’s 84 disciples indulged in a prolonged penance at various places in India to appease Lord Shiva. Pleased with their devotion, Lord Shiva blessed them with the gift of enlightenment, after which they abandoned their bodies at the place of meditation. The four disciplines baba Laxman, baba Manik, baba Kalu and baba Mandu travelled towards the north for meditation and therefore the four Siddhs were built at different places in Dehradun, to pay homage to these sages.
This beautiful temple is located in the forest area of Village Aamwala on the banks of a seasonal river Nimi. The temple has a Shivling in the sanctum and a beautifully carved idol of Nandi outside the temple. The pictures of Lord Ganesha and Mother Sarasvati is imprinted on the front walls of the temple. There is a peepal tree also known as sacred fig and bodhi tree outside the temple building with an idol of Lord Ganesha.
Many devotees trek to these places in order to seek blessings for the fulfilment of their wishes. It is believed that visiting all the four Sidhs while fasting within a day fulfils the wish of the devotee. When the wishes of the devotees come true they arrange a mass feast or ‘Bhandara’ at the temple.
During Vasant Panchami also known as Basant Panchami, a festival that marks the arrival of spring in India (Celebrated every year on the fifth day of the bright half of the Hindu lunisolar calendar month of Magha, which falls in late January or February) a local fair is held and people gather to pray and celebrate the festival at the temple.
Apart from that, a local fair and Bhandara are held at the temple on every second Sunday of May and June.
How to reach Mandhu Sidh from DIV Estate.
We recommend you to trek to the temple which is situated 4 kilometres away from our farmhouse which takes around an hour to reach. we can also arrange an auto/cab or mule rides at a fair price. (location of mandu sidh-can be found here)
A kilometre away from DIV Estate, you will have to walk onto the road with a direction board for mandu Sidh.
The route is further marked by a cement road meandering through the beautiful green forests of Aamwala, leading you to the temple and a gurgling seasonal stream.
Wear comfortable clothes and proper shoes, if you plan to trek to the temple. The close proximity to nature will fill your heart with happiness and free your mind for peaceful musings. Mule rides are also available to the temple.
“Sarva Aparaadha Naashaaya
Sarva Paapa Haraaya Cha |
Deva Devaaya Devaaya
Sri Dattatreya Namosthuthe ||”
This is a sloka or hymn in praise of Sri Dattatreya, the meaning of which is as follows:
“I bow to the One who negates Karma,
The One who annihilates all sins
I bow to the God of all Gods
I bow to Sri Guru Dattatreya!”