This is a pretty location filled with nature’s abundance. Located in the Garhwal region, a trip to Madhyamaheshwar also referred to as Madmaheshwar can be an overwhelming experience for any tourist or a devotee mainly due to its pictorial beauty. Its scenic views attract a lot of tourists here. And while on your visit to the town you won't be able to resist taking cool snapshots of the place.
The unwinding pathways of this town lead to a black structure made out of stones with beautiful architectural work. Yes, we are talking about the Madhyamaheshwar temple. This temple is considered to be one among the five Kedar temples namely Kedarnath, Madhyamaheshwar, Tungnath, Rudranath and Kalpeshwar. Although it is not a very huge temple, still its charm is enough to attract a lot of devotees and tourists its way.It won't be wrong to say that a trip to these regions is full of adventure although, at some places, it can be a bit tedious too. However, in the end, it's all worth it.
As Uttarakhand is known for its cold temperature, so, it can be a bit problematic to visit in winters. The best time will be between May and October to explore the place to its fullest.
History of Madhyamaheshwar Temple
According to history, it is believed that after the battle of Mahabharata, the Pandava brothers were advised by the wise men to seek redemption at the feet of Lord Shiva, the Adiyogi himself. This was necessary as the Pandavas had participated in Gotra Hatya during the epic war I.e. killing their own kin. However, the Mahadev was very disappointed with the loss of life and imminent destruction caused as the consequence of war. So, in order to not meet the Pandavas, Lord Shiva transformed himself into a bull.
It happened despite his illusion, Bhima was able to recognize Lord Shiva in bull form as well and pursued him for preaching clarity of soul and mind. But Lord Shiva right then divided his body into five parts; successfully escaping from the hands of Bhima.
His body parts fell at these five locations where currently these five temples are situated. It is said that the Pandava brothers had made these temples. And even today, these shrines are visited by millions of devotees all year round.
Major Attractions in and Around Madhyamaheshwar Temple
1. Kanchani Tal. This place is located at an approximate distance of 16 km from Madhyamaheshwar. One can reach this place by a trek which can be a difficult task for many. Thus, it is advised to visit only if you are well-prepared.
2. Budha Madhyamaheshwar. This is a holy shrine made out of a cluster of rocks. The journey to this particular spot unfolds with picturesque views of the Herculean peaks. You won't be able to capture the beauty of nature's abundance through your lenses, such is the vastness of this place.
3. Omkareshwar Temple. The Omkareshwar Temple is considered a significant part of the five Kedar temples. it is believed that all the wishes of the devotees here are fulfilled as no one leaves empty-handed, that's the power of Mahadev's grace here. It is also considered one of the oldest temples in India. So, the memories of a trip to this temple would last for a lifetime in your heart.
How to Reach Madhyamaheshwar Temple
Madhyamaheshwar is approximately 296km, 1400km, 1200km, and 1900km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. You can arrive here via roadways, railways, and airways. Some of the best travel options have been mentioned below for your reference.
By Air. The nearest airport from Madhyamaheshwar is the Jolly Grant Airport. After deboarding your flight at Dehradun airport, you will need to take a cab or a bus to reach Madhyamaheshwar. You are required to cover another 235km from the airport to reach Madhyamaheshwar. The airport receives flights from all major airlines such as Vistara, AirIndia, IndiGo, SpiceJet, and more from all parts of the country.
Delhi - Board Vistara flight from IGI Airport, Delhi. The airfare starts from INR 2,000
Mumbai - Board SpiceJet flight from CSM Airport, Mumbai. The airfare starts from INR 4,000
Kolkata - Board AirIndia flight from Kolkata. The airfare starts from INR 6,500
Bengaluru - Board IndiGo flight from Bengaluru. The airfare starts from INR 6,000
By Train. The nearest railway station is the Haridwar Railway Station. From the station, you may hire a taxi or get a seat reserved on a tourist bus to commute to Madhyamaheshwar.
Delhi - Board KOTA DDN SPL from H Nizamuddin station and deboard at Haridwar Jn
Mumbai - Board LTT HW AC SPL from Lokmanyatilak Terminus and deboard at Haridwar Jn
Dehradun - Board Dehradun SHT SPL from Dehradun and deboard at Haridwar Jn
Ludhiana - Board ASR HW JAN SPL from Ludhiana Jn and deboard at Haridwar Jn
By Road. Depending upon your location, budget, and convenience, you can arrive here by cab, bus, or your car. The picturesque scenery while traveling by road makes the road trip fun and memorable. In addition to this, you may also savour the food at the roadside dhabas and shop for village-made/farm products from roadside stalls on the highways.