Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is one of the famous Hindu religious spots located near Rishikesh in district Pauri, Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Neelkanth Temple is situated at an altitude of 1330 meters and is about 20 km from Rishikesh. Among one of the most popular pilgrimages in India, Located on the outskirts of Rishikesh.
This temple is encompassed by three valleys namely the Manikoot, Bhramhakoot, and Vishnukoot. It is also a sacred religious place that has been conducted amidst the two rivers Pankaja and Madhumati.
As the mythology goes, it has been believed that this is the perfect spot where Mahadev Shiva consumed the poison that emanated out of the Samudra Manthan and retained it in his throat so that the world can be saved from the poison. The poison turned his throat blue, which is why he is named the Neelkanth, and thereby the temple name originated. People visit this place from thousands of miles away all around the year, and Shiva devotees make sure to visit this place time and again.
The architecture of this place is amazing and vibrant and complies with the mythological significance to bring out the sacred vibe. The entrance door is comprised of the scenes of mythology from the Samudra Manthan, and each and every sculpture is created with precision. There is a complexity in the sculptural beauty, and it is beautiful as well. In the temple, you will get to find the Shiva Linga, and it has a peepal tree. Devotees come in here and tie the sacred thread to the branches to ask for their wish fulfillment. This place also comprises a natural spring, which is known, for its holiness and devotees take a bath in here to eliminate all signs of sins from their body and soul.
Trekking to Neelkanth Temple
A great place for trekking enthusiasts. The trek starts from Ram Jhula which is at a distance of 22 km. You can also choose to start your trek from Patna waterfall to Neelkanth temple via Village Haldogi.
FAQ (frequently asked questions)
The Temple is well connected by road. You can choose to travel by your own car, Local taxis are available throughout the day from Lakshman Jhula Taxi stand, opposite Bombay Guest House. You can also rent a scooter or bike from Rishikesh.
The temple was built by Shadhu, Mekh Chand, and was renovated in 1997. Currently, Shri Panchayati Akhara Mahanirvani Haridwar is looking after the arrangements and renovation-related work of the temple.
It has been believed that Mahadev Shiva consumed the poison that emanated out of the Samudra Manthan and retained it in his throat so that the world can be saved from the poison. The poison turned his throat blue, which is why he is named the Neelkanth, and thereby the temple name originated.
A fair is organized every year on the occasion of Shivratri and is considered to be the best time to visit the temple. However, the temple is open for devotees round the year and you can visit here any time.
The temple is around 50Km (2 hour drive) from the main Haridwar City. Road condition is really good.
Just 20km from Lakshman Jhula, about an hour drive. 32km from Bus Stand and 35Km from Railway Station.