Maa Purnagiri Temple situated in Tanakpur at Champawat district of Uttarakhand at a height of 3000 meters. above sea level and just 21 km away from Tanakpur. Tunyas is 17 km and from there 3 km trek through easy upstairs to reach Sacred Purnagiri Temple.
The southwestern part of 'Punya Parvat' can be seen from this place.
Purnagiri Temple holds the important place among the all famous temples of Uttarakhand. It is considered as one of the 108 Siddha peeths of India. In Tanakpur River Kali descends into the plains and is known as Sharda River.
According to Hindu mythology, in Satya Yuga Parvati (Sati), the daughter of Daksha Prajapati married to “Yogi” (Lord Shiva) against the wishes of Daksha Prajapati. So to take revenge with Lord Shiva, Daksha Prajapati performed a Vrihaspati yagna where he invited all the deities except Lord Shiva & Sati. But knowing the fact that Sati was not invited, she expressed her desire in front of Lord Shiva to attend the yagna. Lord Shiva tried his best to stop her, but she was not able to understand anything, so Lord Shiva had to allow her to attend the Yagna. Where being an uninvited guest she was not given any respect. Infect, her father insulted Lord Shiva which was unbearable for Sati. Soon discovering her father’s trick for humiliating her husband she jumped into the Yagna and committed suicide.
Seeing the burning body of Sati, Lord Shiva destroyed Daksha Prajapati’s Yagna. He carried the remains of her body with grief profound and danced the dance of destruction through the Universe.
The places where the parts of her body fell were recognized as Shakti Peeths. In Purnagiri the Naabhi (Naval) part of Sati fell where the present Purnagiri Temple is situated. People come here to worship the Devi in large numbers around the year.
Every year millions of pilgrims visit Purnagiri Temple in Chaitra Navratri in the month of March - April. To fulfil their wishes, devotees visit Purnagiri Temple in large number at this time. It is also believed that after worshipping Mata Purnagiri, it necessary to visit Siddha Baba Temple. Otherwise, Yatra will not be succeeded.
HOW TO REACH:-
Tanakpur is linked by direct bus service with Lucknow, Delhi, Agra, Dehradun, Kanpur and other Districts.
The nearest airport to Tanakpur is Pantnagar Airport situated 98 km away in the Nainital district.
There is a motorable road till the Thulligad from Tanakpur and a further one has to trek 3 km more through easy upstairs to reach Sacred Purnagiri Temple