Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva whose one of the forms is Neelkanth. Another example of faith and devotion, the temple is also known for its perfect work of architecture. The fine carvation is absolutely enchanting to the eyes. The temple owes the immense laurels amongst people of India and also other international pilgrims.
The temple is one of the most revered holy shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva and is a prominent Hindu pilgrimage site. It is surrounded by dense forests and is adjacent to the mountain ranges of Nar-Narayan. It is enveloped between the valleys of Manikoot, Brahmakoot, and Vishnukoot and is located at the confluence of the rivers Pankaja and Madhumati.
The shikhara of the temple is adorned with sculptures of various Devas and Asuras depicting the Samudramanthan. Neelkanth Mahadev in the form of Shivalinga is the presiding deity of the temple. The temple complex also has a natural spring where devotees usually take a holy bath before entering the premises of surrounded by dense forests.
According to Hindu mythology, the place where the Neelkanth Mahadev Temple currently stands is the sacred location where Shiva consumed the poison that originated from the sea when Devas (Gods) and Asuras (Demons) churned the ocean in order to obtain Amrita. This poison that emanated during the Samudramanthan (churning of the ocean) made his throat blue in colour. Thus, Shiva is also known as Neelkanth, literally meaning The Blue Throated One.
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Maha Shivratri. Maha Shivaratri is the most prominent festival celebrated in the temple and lots of devotees flock to the temple during the festival. The devotees who pay a visit to Neelkanth Mahadev make an offering of Bael leaves, coconut, flowers, milk, honey, fruits and water to Lord Shiva. The temple observes two fairs that are held annually on the occasions of Maha Shivratri (Feb-Mar) and Shivratri of Shraavana (month of Hindu calendar) (July-Aug) during which the devotees (Kawarias) trek from Haridwar to Neelkanth Mahadev Temple. So, if you are planning to visit Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, visit the temple during the Maha Shivratri Festival during Feb-March.
There is no specific timing to visit the temple. Though, early morning and early evening are preferable timings.
Neelkantha Mahadeva Temple is located in the state of Uttarakhand and the state is well-connected with other regions of India. After landing the Dehradun Airport, you can take the local buses to reach the Neelkanth Mahadev Temple. Also, you can opt Uttarakhand Railway service to reach the Rishikesh.
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