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About Neelkanth Mahadev Temple


Neelkanth Mahadev temple is one of the holy places of worship for the Hindus. It is located on a hill above Swargashram in Rishikesh and is situated at an altitude of 925 mt's. NeelkanthNeelkanthNeelkanth
Brahma created the Universe, the mother earth and lives, Gods...
temple is considered to be an apt example of full of natural beauty on the hill and lies adjacent to the Nar-Narayan mountain range. Because of its natural beauty and religious importance of the devotees and nature lovers visit the place round the year. Neelkanth Mahadev temple is considered to be one of the most famous temples and is situated at the junction of the Madhumati and Pankaja rivers, amidst three valleys- Vishnukoot, Brahmakoot & Manikoot.

Way to Neelkanth

The way to the temple is quite thrilling. The steep & narrow roads taking the hill, in which the river is flowing on one side and mountain area is on the other side. Road is very curvy and dangerous with steep slopes as one can expect on any hill station, so be careful while driving. In case, you don't have an experience of driving on hills better park your vehicle at Ram Jhula taxi stand and hire a cab. It's a drive of 32 km from Rishikesh via barrage or alternatively one can walk 22 km via Ram Jhula to get there.

Methodology

The centuries old Neelkanth temple in Rishikesh preserves in itself the celestial aura and the spiritual ambiance within itself. It is enriched with legendary anecdotes and mythological stories. The name Neelkanth has been assigned to Lord ShivaShivaShiva
Shiva is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindu Trinity that ...
and the story behind the name goes as follows.

The Puranas state that during the churning of the ocean- Samudra Manthan, there came out a poison. The venom was extremely poisonous that it could exterminate mankind. Gods were distraught and didn't know how to destroy it. Lord Shiva took a precarious step of drinking the venom to save his devotees. He drank the poison but did not swallow it. He allowed it to remain in his throat which turned his throat blue. Neel defines the color blue, Kanth means throat & Mahadev means Lord of the Gods. It is said that this is the place where Lord Shiva drank the poison. The gods tried hard to placate him and decided to pour water on his head to calm him down. That is why devotees pour water even now on the lingam. Later, a temple was built around this place which stands even today in the honor of Lord Shiva.

Architecture

The temple's exterior has a beautiful architecture. The whole Samundra Manthan has been depicted with colorful idols of Gods and Goddess. The whole story of Samudra Manthan has been presented on the walls in shining colors and complex architecture. The inner sanctum is fairly beautiful. A life-sized idol of goddess ParvatiParvatiParvati
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is seated near the entrance. Her striking sumptuousness combined with the magnificent aura makes the place divine. The arena around the lingam is made of marble. On the columns are etched the minutiae of the Dwarpals (guards) with intricate detailing that showed their weapons. Opposite to the lingam is present Lord Shiva's mount NandiNandiNandi
Nandi is one of the most iconic and famous characters of Hindu mythology. He is the vehicle of Shiva and also the gatekeeper of the abode of Shiva and Parvati. 
, the bull. The lingam is encased in silver & it has an opening at the top to see the original form.

Gigantic and aged pipal tree is present at the exit of the sanctum. Devotees tie up the sacred thread on the tree for the want of their wishes, they revisit the temple to open the tie whenever their wishes are fulfilled. Devotees visit Neelkanth Mahadev temple to seek moksha, solitude, and peace of mind.


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There are three caves. Each one is different from another in size and shape. Shri Shailesh Giri Ji – a sadhu in the Jhilmil Gufa. Alha Udal’s (The King from Uttar Pradesh) Guru meditated within these caves years ago. The cave is dedicated to Guru Gorakshanath and was discovered by SaraswatiSaraswatiSaraswati
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Nijanand Swami Ji. 150 years of cave history he said is known to them. The cave is known as Jhilmil cave because Guru Jhilmila Ji also meditated within these caves years ago.

 



 


 
 

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