The local legend says that the history of the Shikari Mata temple dates back to Dwapar Yuga when the great battle of Mahabharata was fought between the Pandavas and the Kauravas. This place also finds mention in Markandey
Purana (A Hindu religious scripture) which was written thousands of years ago. It is also said that the great sage Maharishi Markandey had done his penance in this place.
History of Shikari Mata
The Shikari Mata is originally Adishakti and had appeared before the Pandavas when they were gambling with Duryodhana. The goddess appeared there as an ordinary woman and had warned Pandavas that they would lose everything. And become beggars if they continue gambling. Since the goddess had appeared as an ordinary lady, the Pandavas did not bother rather threatened her to leave the place.
The goddess failed, went away and as a result, the Pandavas got 13 years of exile. It is said that during their exile, the Pandavas stayed in the Shikari Devi area. One fine day, the Pandavas had gone in the forests for hunting where a beautiful deer appeared. Pandavas chased the deer for many hours but couldn’t hunt it and the deer mysteriously disappeared in the forests.
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During the night hours, they heard the voice of a lady around the Shikari hilltop uttering the words that she was the same lady who came in the guise of an ordinary woman and warned them while gambling with Duryodhana.
To regain their kingdom they should unearth that. And find out her symbolical idols and stone images for the worship of the people to fulfill their wishes. Soon after Pandavas realized their folly. They followed the instructions of the goddess and found the stone images underneath. They established a roofless temple as desired by the goddess.
It is due to this fact the goddess is known as Shikari Mata since the goddess appeared in the hills while the Pandavas were on the hunt. Thereafter Pandavas regained their lost kingdom with the blessings of goddess Shikari. Since then, thousands of people from the entire length and breadth of the country come to this temple for seeking the blessings of Shikari Mata.
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