Hatkoti Temple Complex
Hatkeshwari Mata Temple Complex is located at Hatkoti, a beautiful bowl-like hamlet which opens out into the gorgeous Pabbar Valley. This is an important pilgrimage site since it is the confluence of Bishkulti & Raanvti streams and the mighty Pabbar river.
‘Bowl like’ Hatkoti
Goddess Durga is worshipped as Hatkeshwari Mata in this area.
As per the local legends, Mahishasur, the buffalo demon, acquired a boon from Lord Brahma which ensured that no man or god could ever defeat him. In order to stop Mahishasur from creating havoc in the world, the gods created Durga from their combined powers. Goddess Durga killed Mahishasur at Hatkoti after a 10 day battle.
View of the Complex from the Main Entrance
The Hatakeshwari Temple Complex has a primary shrine dedicated to Godess Durga and a smaller one which is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Shiva Temple (extreme left) and Mahishasurmardini Temple (extreme right)
Guarding the entrance to Mahishasurmardini Temple