Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
Elevated at an altitude of 1330 meters above sea level is a revered Lord Shiva temple in Uttarakhand called Neelkanth Mahadev. This temple is situated at a distance of 32 km from Rishikesh in the Pauri Garhwal district. It is also surrounded by beautiful dense green forests and the Nar-Narayan mountain ranges. In addition, this temple comprises of sculptures of a number of asuras and devas. Furthermore, Lord Shiva the main deity of this temple is represented in the form of a “Shivalingam”.
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a. Best time to visit the Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
The best time to visit this holy village is either from March to June or from September to November when the climate is extremely pleasant.
b. How to reach Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple Map
1. By train:
The Kathgodam Railway Station is the closest station. This station in Kathgodam is well connected to most major cities and towns.
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 three routes from New Delhi to this temple, and they are via NH334, via NH44 and NH334, and via NH44, SH 12, and NH334.
- Via Haridwar:
There are three routes from Haridwar to this temple, and they are via NH34 and NH7, via Cheela Dam-Rishikesh Road, and Cheela Dam-Rishikesh Road and Neelkanth Temple Road.
- Via Rishikesh:
There are two routes from Rishikesh to this temple, and they are via NH7 and via Neelkanth Temple Road.
- Via Gurugram:
There are two routes from Gurugram to this temple, and they are via NH334 and via NH44 and NH334.
- Via Dehradun:
There are two routes from Dehradun to this beach, and they are via Ambala-Dehradun-Haridwar Road/Ambala-Poanta Sahib-Herbertpur-Dehradun-Rishikesh National Highway/Haridwar Road/Jeevnwala Dehradun Road and Rishikesh Road, and via Rishikesh Road.
3. By air:
The closest airport to this temple is located in Pantnagar at a distance of 150 km. The Pantnagar Airport is well connected to New Delhi via Jagson Airlines, which schedules six flights per week.
c. Religious significance of Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
A popular legend states that this temple was built at a site where Lord Shiva is supposed to have consumed a poison known as “Halahala”. This poison apparently originated from the sea when the Devas and the Asuras stirred it so as to obtain “Amrita”. In addition, it is due to this poison that Lord Shiva’s throat turned blue, and he thereby was given the sobriquet “Neelakantha” which means “The blue throated one”.