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Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Rishikesh

Neelkanth means “Blue Throated” and the temple is dedicated to the Hindu god Neelkanth who is an aspect of Lord Shiva. The temple is famous for the Shivratri of Shraavana (July-August) where a large number of devotees specially known as Kawarias visit the temple and give offerings in the temple. The occasion of Shivratri also witnesses a huge crowd at the place.


The temple is one of the most ancient temples of the city. The temple is surrounded by dense forests. The temple area also has a natural spring where the devotees take a bath before going to the temple. At the time when Kanwaris come to the city, routes to all the neighbouring cities are also crowded with them and except time any other time is the best to visit the place. 

History:
Lord Shiva is believed to be the most complex Gods of Hindu religion. According to myths, Lord Shiva drank the poison that came from Sagar Manthan (churning of the ocean) and this place is believed to be the place where Lord Shiva drank the poison due to which his throat turned blue and from that time onwards Lord Shiva came to be known as Neelkanth.

How to Reach

One can take the buses going to the place or book a taxi to reach the temple and then go back in the same to the city after worshiping in the temple.