Koteshwar Mahadev Temple
Yet another popular Lord Shiva temple called “Koteshwar Mahadev” is located in Uttarakhand. This temple is situated in the Rudraprayag district on the banks of the Alaknanda River. Furthermore, a popular folklore also states that it was at the site where the current temple stands that Lord Shiva meditated while on his way to Kedarnath. In addition, this temple is an extremely popular Hindu pilgrimage site in the country, and as a result attracts a large number of ardent devotees from across the country annually.
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a. Best time to visit the Koteshwar Mahadev Temple
The ideal time to visit this town is in between March and October as a result of the climate being pleasant with, the temperatures ranging from a maximum of 17 degrees Celsius to a minimum of 12 degrees Celsius.
b. How to reach Koteshwar Mahadev Temple
Koteshwar Mahadev Temple Map
1. By train:
The railway station closest to this sacred site is located in Rishikesh at the distance of 142 km. The Rishikesh Railway Station is well connected to major cities in the country.
2. By road:
If you intend to drive to this temple then the ideal starting points would be New Delhi, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Gurugram, and Dehradun.
- Via New Delhi:
There are two routes from New Delhi to this temple, and they are via NH334 and NH7, and via NH9.
- Via Haridwar:
There is one route from Haridwar to this temple, and it is via NH7.
- Via Rishikesh:
There are two routes to this temple, and they are via NH7 and via NH34 and NH7.
- Via Gurugram:
There are two routes to this temple, and they are via NH334 and NH7 and via NH9.
- Via Dehradun:
There are two routes to this temple, and they are via NH7 and via Chamba-Mussorie Road.
3. By air:
The nearest airport to this temple is located in Dehradun. The Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is well connected to major cities in the country.
c. Religious significance of the Koteshwar Mahadev Temple
According to a popular folklore a demon called Bhasmasur obtained a boon from Lord Shiva himself which allowed him turn anyone into ashes through his touch. Now the demon realizing the power of the boon decided to turn Shiva into ashes. In response Lord Shiva to protect himself from the demon took shelter in a cave, and started meditating in order to appeal to Lord Vishnu for help. Eventually Vishnu agreed to help Shiva, and killed the demon using his “Mohini” avatar. It is thus at the cave in which Shiva meditated that this temple was built.