Maihar Devi Temple

Maihar Devi Temple

Maihar Devi Temple
is known for the temple of the revered mother goddess Sharda situated on Trikuta hill.

Maihar Devi Temple


It is said that when Lord Shiva was carrying the body of the dead mother goddess (Mai in Hindi) Sati, her necklace (har in Hindi) fell at this place and hence the name "Maihar" (Maihar = Mai+Har, meaning the "necklace of a mother"). There is also one fact about Maihar, that related to great king Alpha and his brother Udal. Maihar Devi Temple 

According to the locals of Maihar, the warriors Alpha and Udal, who had war with Prithvi Raj Chauhan, were extreme followers of Sharda Devi. It is said that they are the first ones to visit the goddess in this remote forest. They called the mother goddess by the name "Sharda Mai", and henceforth she became popular as "Mata Sharda Mai". Alpha worshipped for 12 years and got the Amaratva with the blessings of Sharda Devi. Behind the temple and downhill is Alpha Pond. At a distance of 2 km from this pond is situated an "akhara" (wrestling ring) where Alpha and Udal used to practice kushti (wrestling). The people of Maihar believe that Alpha is still alive and comes at 4:00 a.m. to worship the Goddess Sharda. Maihar Devi Temple