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About Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Pauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand

Neelkanth Mahadev Temple as the name suggests is a Hindu temple devoted to Neelkanth, an aspect of Bhagwan Shiva. The temple is roughly located 32 km from Rishikesh in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand.

The temple is devoted to Bhagwan Shiva and is a famous Hindu pilgrimage place. It is enclosed by thick forests and is next to the mountain ranges of Nar-Narayan. It is covered amidst the valleys of Brahmakoot, Manikoot, and Vishnukoot and is situated at the convergence of the rivers Madhumati and Pankaja.


The creation and placement of the temple have various stories to tell. According to popular legendary stories, Bhagwan Shiva drank the poison that arose from the sea when Devas (Gods) and Asuras (Demons) stirred the ocean to get Amrita. This poison that originated during the Samudra-Manthan (stirring of the ocean) made his neck blue in appearance. Hence, Bhagwan Shiva is also known as Neelkanth, actually meaning The Blue Throated One.

The basis of the temple is promoted to be the same place where this event transpired. When the Bhagwan Shiva consumed the poison, his neck became blue. This is the cause why the temple is also recognized as ‘Neelkanth” which signifies ‘Blue Throat’. The foremost temple has a Bhagwan Shiva Lingam and the atmosphere surrounding the temple is heavenly and subtle. There’s always a regular stream of loyal devotees who come here and revere to Mahadev.


The most important festival at Neelkanth Mahadev temple is Maha Shivratri. Throughout the festival, a large number of adherents visit the temple to give their respect to the Bhagwan Shiva. The offering of flowers, honey, milk, water, coconut, and Bael leaves are made to Bhagwan Shiva. The festival happens two times a year, once in the month of February-March (Maha Shivaratri) and in July-August (Shravan maas as per Hindu calendar).

Architecture of Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Pauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand

The temple architecture is much inspired by the Dravidian form of temple architecture. The temple has a Gopura or the shikhara as in any Dravidian design temple and is built high in a tiered method in pyramid form. Motifs and Friezes are engraved on these towers. The shikhara of the temple is ornamented with carvings of several Devas and Asuras describing the Samudra-Manthan (The churning of the ocean). Neelkanth Mahadev in the formation of Shivalinga is the presiding deity of the temple. The temple network also has a natural spring where devotees normally take a holy dip before entering the temple premises enclosed by dense forests.

How to reach Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Pauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand?

By Train: The nearest railway station to the temple is the Rishikesh railway station which is approximately 30 km away
By Air: Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport from Dehradun which is about 49 km away.

Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Pauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand Timings


05.00 AM to 06.00 OM (open on all days).

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