Four Siddh Peeths of Dehradun: A lesser-known Pilgrimage Circuit in Dehradun
Four Siddh Peeths of Dehradun-Dehradun is a modern city that is now heading towards becoming a smart city, being chosen among the first 100 smart cities in India. Being a resident of Dehradun for more than 25 years, I know that the city has much more to offer than being a great place to settle in.
The Doon Valley, as it is known is quite a happening city in the foothills of the Himalayas. The city offers places of historical interest, nature tourism, and also spiritual tourism.
The city has a rich history and has also been mentioned in ancient scriptures such as the Shiv Puran. Home to many ancient temples, Dehradun offers a pilgrimage circuit that has its foundation in the ‘treta yuga’.
Located around the periphery of Dehradun are the Four Siddhas of Dehradun namely Laxman Sidh, Kalu Sidh, Manak Sidh, and Mandu Sidh.
This is a very famous local pilgrimage circuit in Dehradun and fasting throughout the day and visiting the four Sidhs in Dehradun, followed by bathing in the holy Ganga in Haridwar is considered a wish-fulfilling endeavour and is akin to a mini char Dham yatra.
How were the Four Siddh Peeths of Dehradun established?
The four Siddhs of Dehradun are among the 84 Siddh Peeths in India and are dedicated to the 84 disciples of Lord Dattatreya.
Dattatreya was the son of Sage Atri and Mata Sati Anusuya and was born as a blessing of Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Shiva Mahesh.
Dattatreya is believed to be the incarnation of all the three gods and is himself regarded as a god in India.
Dattatreya is believed to be a self-taught master, studying under 24 gurus, all of which are different manifestations of nature (Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Animals, etc).
He earned the title of Guru Dattatreya and is regarded as a God.
As previously mentioned, Lord Dattatreya had 84 disciples who travelled across India to spread his knowledge and teachings, thereby establishing the 84 Siddh Peeths in India.
Out of these 84 disciples, Sage Laxman, Sage Kalu, Sage Manak, and Sage Mandu headed for the Kedarkhand (Residence of Lord Shiva, which Dehradun is a part of), thereby establishing the Four Siddh Peeths of Dehradun.
All the Siddh Peeths are dedicated to Lord Shiva and named in memory of the great sages that blessed these places.
Where are the four Siddh peeths of Dehradun?
The Kalu Siddh temple is located about 6 km from Bhaniyawala on the National Highway 7, in Kaluwala village. It can also be reached from the Thano Village, from where it is at a distance of 7 km.
Surrounded by the dense Thano Forest Range of the Rajaji National Park, Kalu Siddh is the nearest Siddh Peeth to the Jollygrant airport in Dehradun (11 km).
Dedicated to Sage Kalu, one of the 84 disciples of lord Dattatreya, Kalu Siddh is situated beside the now seasonal Sheetal river, and the area has an offering for nature lovers, especially bird watchers and photographers……Read More!
Probably the most famous of the four siddhs of Dehradun, Lakshman Siddh is about 2 km away from Harrawala, (10.4 km from Ghantaghar: City center) on the National Highway 7 which connects Dehradun and Rishikesh.
The temple is situated amongst the dense forest of the Rajaji National Park. Where you encounter a bunch of wild monkeys and dogs protecting the places in all its glory.…… Read More!
The Mandu Sidh Temple is located in Phulsaini, a small village to the north of Dehradun, at a distance of about 8 km from Premnagar. Far from the noise and the hustle of Dehradun, the Mandu Siddh is a peaceful getaway full of spirituality. ……Read More!
The Manak Sidh temple is at a distance of 3.5 km from the Dehradun ISBT, near the Karibari village. Dedicated to sage Manak, the peaceful surrounding of the temple is mesmerizing, bounded by the Rajaji National park from the east and south. ……Read More!
Things you should know before visiting the Four Siddhas of Dehradun
Transportation to the four sidh of dehradun
- The best way to reach the Siddh Peeths of Dehradun is by hiring a taxi or a personal vehicle. The public transport will only take you to the nearest stop, but the temples are located in remote areas and you might have to hire an auto or hitchhike.
- If you are traveling on Sundays, make sure you are early as the temples see many devotees on Sunday. The main offering to the temple is jaggery and milk.
- It is recommended that you visit the four Siddh in one single day to complete the Mini Char Dham Pilgrimage.
The facilities for eating in and around the temple premises are a bare minimum. If you wish to spend a few hours around the temples, make sure you carry your food with you, though Bhandara is offered at some of the temples.
Best Time to Visit the Four Siddh Peeths of Dehradun
The four Sidh of Dehradun can be visited all around the year.
The distance of Four Siddhs from Dehradun City Center
|Temple||Distance from Ghantaghar (Dehradun)|
|Manak Siddh||9.7 KM|
|Mandu Siddh||10 KM|
|Lakshman Siddh||14 KM|
|Kalu Siddh||27 KM|
The distance of Four Siddhs from Dehradun airport.
The nearest airport to all the four Siddhs of Dehradun is the Jollygrant Airport near Rishikesh.
|Temple||Distance from the nearest airport|
|Kalu Siddh||10.8 KM|
|Lakshman Siddh||17.8 KM|
|Manak Siddh||32.1 KM|
|Mandu Siddh||36.8 KM|
The distance of Four Siddhs from Dehradun Railway Station
The nearest railway station to all the four Siddhs of Dehradun is the Dehradun railway station in the Lakkhi Bagh area.
|Temple||Distance from the nearest railway station|
|Manak Siddh||8.3 KM|
|Mandu Siddh||11.3 KM|
|Lakshman Siddh||13.8 KM|
|Kalu Siddh||26.6 KM|