Rishikesh stands for many historical tales but from them, Neelkanth Mahadev temple is a famous one. This temple is situated between the Manikoot, Brahmakoot, and Vishnukoot valley at a height of 1330 meters. Nar-Narayan mountain range and forest surrounded the temple. Here you can see the confluence of river Madhumati and Pankaja.
In the month of Sharwan and during Shivratri many people come here to express their feelings and pray to god to remove all the sadness from their life. Devotees believe that Shiv baba gives them all the things they want. The way of the temple is very interesting, many people chose trekking to reach the temple. Mountains, rivers, and forests make this place more adorable.
Why it is famous? -
Lord Shiva is known as ‘Bholenath’ and ‘Rudranath’ because, when he is in a cool mind that time he gives everything to his devotes but when he is in an angry mood at that time the whole world is just finished. But this place tells a different story that Lord Shiva drank poison and then his throat became blue that’s why he also is known as a Neelkanth. And this place the incident occurred; from then this place is known as a Neelkanth temple.
According to Hindu mythology, a thousand years ago there happened a battle between Asuras and Gods to get Ambrosia. After some time they decided to divide it into them but that time no Ambrosia came out. There is a poison that came out and no one wants to drank it. At that moment, Lord Shiva drank the Poison. Mata Parvati came here and touch his throat and that time the poison hold there and his throat became blue and he is known as a Neelkanth.
Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.
Things To do: -
Take a bath to clean yourself from inside:
Before going to the Pooja premises, taking a bath in the confluence of river Madhumati and Pankaja. This gives a fresh feeling to start your day with positivity and helps to relax your body and mind.
Go for Pooja with a trust:
We believe that if you do anything with a trust that works definitely. After bathing when your mind in a relaxed mood at that time you just think about the god with a belief that he surely fulfill your desire. With this positive mind go for the Pooja.
Look for the architecture:
The world was created by the god and God gives us eyes to see their creation. The temple’s architecture is a very beautiful and suitable place to click a photo.
Buy some Shiva idol for memory:
Don’t forget to buy the idol of lord shiva from the various stalls outside of the temple. Near the temple, you must visit Shri Sachcha Akhileshwar Mahadev temple, Tera Manzil Temple, Prakriti Vedic spa, Gita Bhavan, Tattva Ayurvedic center. These places are also the attractions of Lakshman Jhula.