Haridwar, October 22 During the Navratras, a temple of Kali on the
outskirts of Haridwar is drawing a large number of devotees.
“Badh Kali Mata Temple” built under a 200-year-old banyan tree at Gaindikhata
village on the Haridwar-Najeebabad road is thronged by the local people as well
as pilgrims from other areas.
Head priest of the temple Digambar Naga Baba Sohem Bhartiji Maharaj said
during the Navratras, the ritual performed here had a specific significance.
A story has it that a fearsome Sultana robber used to worship this ‘Vrat
Vriksha’ temple regularly which revealed his religious side not known to many.
Priest Naga Baba added that during the Navratras, devotees from the far-off
areas came to perform rituals at the temple. A 2-km stretch from the
Haridwar-Najibabad highway leads to this temple.These days, a jagran and
bhandara are also being organised by the temple management committee and
Balakrishan Shastri, a devotee, said the deity was worshipped in the region
and it being under the banyan tree, which is several hundred-year-old, its
religious significance was high.