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Jhula Devi Temple, Ranikhet

Jhula Devi Temple is located at a distance of 7 kilometres from Ranikhet. The timings to visit the temple are from 6 am to 8 pm every day.

The Jhula Devi Temple is dedicated to goddess Durga and the temple is extensively visited by devotees and pilgrims from all over the country. The iconic cluster of bells at the Jhula Devi Temple are famous and this large number of bells in the temple are a result of the dedication of the devotees who visit the temple as devotees tie up new bells to the cluster when their wishes and prayers are fulfilled. The ringing of these bells can be heard from a large distance. One can see a dozen of bells at the temple.


History:
The temple is an ancient 8th century temple. It is said that the temple was built to seek goddess Durga’s protection from wild animals. According to the legend, the dense jungle near the temple was once full of wild animals including leopards and tigers which used to attack local villagers. The villagers prayed Goddess Durga for protection, and one day Goddess Durga came in a shepherd’s dream and advised him to excavate her idol. The present temple was built in 1935.

How to Reach

One can hire a taxi from Ranikhet and combine the visit to Jhula Devi Temple and Chaubatia Garden.