Gharwal region of Uttar Pradesh is a veritable haven of yugas old shrines, small
and big and are found lying over hills or valleys. They are the reputed centres
of pilgrimage drawing steady streams of bhaktas throughout the year. In addition
to eternally sacrosanct places like Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, Yamunotri
etc., there are small shrines enshrining tutelary goddesses, visited largely by
locals most and pilgrims next. The temples with their easy approachability and
divinities showering boons they are keeping aloft the banner of devotion ever
fluttering. Besides visiting the famous temples, locals offer soulful prayers to
the deities of their own places.
Surkhanda Devi temple lying at an altitude of 11,000 feet MSL near Mussourie
claims large number of devotees both of Indian and alien origin seems a modest
shrine with a deity, short in stature, but the raining of boons on the adorers,
the Mother does not lag behind any of her counterparts anywhere in that vast
region. People adore her with genuine faith to be rowed across the ocean of
hardships and she too never let down anyone of the worshippers. Hence the
ascendancy of her fame and mounting of devotional fervour. Its location amidst
Nature's abundant spectacles of scenery is its additional attraction. Due to
lying at high Himalayan range with lovely valleys and the road winding with many
curves like a white ribbon against the green hills affords an unforgettable
lies on the way to Dehradun from Mussourie and 35 km.
off Mussourie. To reach the temple a distance of 3 km. has' to be covered by
walk from Devasthali.