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.



  • Sunday : 05:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Monday : 05:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Tuesday : 05:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Wednesday : 05:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Thursday : 05:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Friday : 05:00 am to 06:00 pm
  • Saturday : 05:00 am to 06:00 pm

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.


How to Reach

  • By Road:- : The roads are very well in condition and connected with major cities. From Ram Jhula you can hire any car to reach the temple.
  • By Air:- : The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport; from Dehradun, this airport is 49 km. To the airport, you can take a cab to reach the Neelkanth temple.
  • By Train:- : Rishikesh railway station is the nearest station to the temple. The distance is nearly 30km from the station. You can choose a bus or cab to reach the temple.

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.


Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Kotdwar - Pauri Rd, Kotdwara, Uttarakhand, India

Rating & Reviews

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Nursing Gyan
Nursing Gyan
07/28/2020 11:41
The lord shiva famous temple. It approx 25 km from Rishikesh . You can go via bike , auto etc .but now it closed due to COVID 19 pandemic .
Tikt Kamam
Tikt Kamam
05/06/2020 11:23
Glorious View From The Top. feels Like Heaven ..full of fresh air .no pollution clean weather . great Lifestyle .just 28-29km from rishikesh and Temple From Inside is Great..Historic Place as well as religious. If you want to go over there then go in the season of winters. The View In Winters is Great and You Can See Himalayas From There as well.
Utpal Mrinal
Utpal Mrinal
06/26/2020 11:11
Nice location and no crowd coz temple was closed when I reached. The view in the way is a beauty. Temple is closed temporarily due to lockdown.
Ryan's Hell
Ryan's Hell
08/18/2020 18:17
It's a religious place This place is known for God Shiva. Noise free area and here is lots of trees and animals. In simple words this is very peaceful place
Krishnamurthy Kalyanaraman
Krishnamurthy Kalyanaraman
07/10/2020 08:02
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is a sacred and famous temple located at 32 km from Rishikesh. Scenically situated on a hill at a height of 1330 mtrs, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is a one of the most popular temples of Lord Shiva. A famous pilgrimage near Rishikesh, the temple lies above Swargashram adjacent to Nar Narayan mountain range. 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. According to the mythology of the Puranas about the Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, there was a churning for nectar between gods and demons for some reason and that churning took place in the ocean of milk (Kshirsagar) . 14 gems came out of that churning (Lakshmi, Shankh, Kaustubhamani, Airavat, Parijat, Uchchreshva, Kamadhenu, Kalkuta, Apsara named Rambha, Varuni Madira, Moon, Dhanvantari, Amrit and Kalpavriksha); but along with the nectar, the poison was also released and that poison was so dangerous that one drop of it had the power to finish the whole world, ie, the world. Knowing that the gods and demons got scared and approached Lord Shiva to get rid of the poison. Then Lord Shiva drank the whole poison; Goddess Parvati did not allow him to swallow the poison down his neck, it was stuck in his neck. Lord Shiva's throat became blue after drinking poison and since then Lord Shiva also came to be known as "Neelkanth" . 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. Must have dar4shan.

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The easiest way is to reach the temple is via Rishikesh. From here the temple is 32 km that’s why we suggest taking this route. From Rishikesh, the Neelkanth Mahadev temple is 32 km.
According to Hindu mythology, Mughal Ruler was built this for his Hindu wife. 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.
The best time to visit this place is During the month of Sharwan and Shivratri. 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.
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