Along The Saharanpur-Muzaffarnagar Highway lies a small town of Deoband . Thousands of years back, a very dense forest existed here. Since, this forest served as a residence of Goddess Durga, it came to be known as Devi Van, which was later named as Deoband. According to another belief, since goddess Durga had killed ‘Asur’ Durg here, she was worshipped here by many ‘DEVTAS’ (Gods). It is because of this Devi-Vandan, this place got its present name.
To the east of Deoband lies a large ancient lake, which is widely, know as Devi-Kund. It is said that Devi Dugra had killed the Maha Asur Durg at this kund only. A temple of Bala Sundari has been built near this Devi Kund in the memory of the above event, which is a famous center for the worshippers of goddess Durga. A naked statute of goddess Durga exists here. This temple belongs to ancient times and this is proved by the fact that the inscriptions engraved on the door of the temple have not been deciphered till now. Every year a large festival (mela) is organized here in Chaitra Shukla Chaturdasi. Innumerable devotees throng this place to take a dip in the holy waters of this Kund and worship goddess Durga. People believe that Devi of Deoband and Shakumbari are sisters. Devi Kund and the Bala Sundari temple of Deoband are considered as one of the two Shakti Peeths of Saharanpur.
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