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Neelkanth Mahadev Temple

In the State of Uttrakhand, India there are many places to visit. There are many religious places. Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is one of them. This temple is located 32 km from Rishikesh. Neelkanth Temple is a Hindu temple. Many number of devotees come in every year. The temple is situated at a height of 1330 meters. There are many festivals celebrated in this place. The most famous festival is Maha Shivratri and Shraavana. Lots of devotees flock to the temple during the festival. The devotees who pay a visit to ‘Neelkanth Mahadev' make an offering of coconut, flowers, milk, honey, fruits and water to the Lord Shiva.

Mythology

It is the place where Lord Shiva consumed the poison from Samudra Manthan and placed in his throat. This makes Lord Shiva's throat blue and named called Neelkanth.

Architecture

This temple was established to pay regards to Lord Shiva. The temple has an ancient architecture and a very beautiful complex, comprising of a one natural spring where devotees take a holy bath before entering the premises of the temple. The sanctum sanctorum of the temple houses a ‘Shiv Lingam’, the idol of the presiding deity in a phallic form. The walls of temple shows the entire story of Manthan.

Places to visit in Neelkanth Mahadev Temple

  • Ganga Aarti at Triveni Ghat
  • Jumpin Heights
  • Lakshaman Jhula
  • Ram Jhula
  • River Rafting
  • Parmarth Niketan
  • Bharat Mandir
  • Rishikund
  • Tera Manzil Temple
  • Virbhadra Temple

Timing

The timing of the temple is 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM in all days of week.

Climate

In Summer : The temperature in summer is 21°C to 40°C.

In Winter : The temperature in winters is 5°C to 22°C.

How to Reach

Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is located at 32 km from Rishikesh.

By Air : The nearest airport is Jolly Grant airport.  It is located in the  Dehradun and the distance is 35 km from Rishikesh.

By Rail : Haridwar railway station is the nearest railway station. Haridwar is well connected to all major cities and the distance is 25 km from Rishikesh.

By Road : Devotees can reach at the temple by hiring the taxi from Ram Jhula, Rishikesh.