As per the ancient Hindu mythology, this temple is supposed to have been the site of a yagna (ritual) conducted by Daksha. This ancient shrine, located towards the south of Kankhal town, was built by Queen Dhankaur in AD 1810.
The Daksh Mahadev temple is situated at a distance of 6 km from Haridwar. This temple is recognized as the most important temple of Haridwar. This temple is legendary to Sati (Dakshayini), spouse of Lord Shiva and her father King Daksha Prajapati. Also known as Shri Daksheshwar temple, attributed to King Daksha who was brought back to life by Lord Shiva.