Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is a sacred and famous temple located at 32 km from Rishikesh. Scenically situated on a hill at a height of 1330 mtrs, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is a one of the most popular temples of Lord Shiva. A famous pilgrimage near Rishikesh, the temple lies above Swargashram adjacent to Nar Narayan mountain range.
The temple is surrounded by three valleys namely Manikoot, Brahmakoot and Vishnukoot which makes it a religious place at the confluence of two perennial rivers Pankaja and Madhumati.
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple Mythology
As per mythology, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is a holy place where Lord Shiva consumed the poison originated from ocean (Samudra Manthan) and placed in his throat. This makes Lord Shiva's throat blue in colour and named Neelkanth. This Mahadev Temple is best place for Lord Shiva devotees and people from far away places visit this sacred place round the year.
Architecture of Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple has a very attractive and colorful architecture. Above the entrance door, scene of mythology story of Samundra Manthan is depicted by sculptures of Gods and Demons. The walls of the temple shows the entire story of Manthan. Inner temple complex is equally divine and beautiful. A sacred Shivlinga is situated in this holy shrine. Devotees tie up sacred thread in a gigantic Peepal tree and makes a wish. A natural spring is situated in the temple where devotees takes a holy bath.
Maha Shivratri is celebrated in Neelkanth Mahadev Temple with full rejoice and large number of devotees visit the temple on this auspicious day. Devotees offers milk, Bael leaves, coconut, flower etc. to the Shivlinga.
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple Trek From Rishikesh
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is surrounded by dense forest and situated above a hill. Apart from devotees, trekkers also loves to reach the temple via 22 km trek from Ram Jhula.
How To Reach Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is located at 32 kms from Rishikesh and well connected by road. One can reach at the temple by hiring taxi from Ram Jhula Rishikesh. Nearest railway station to reach Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is Rishikesh railway station (32 kms) and airport at Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun (49 kms).