Neelkantha Mahadeva Temple

#4 of 9 things to do in Rishikesh

Located at a distance of 30 kms from Rishikesh, at an altitude of 1330m, the Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is one of the most revered temples in Rishikesh. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the sacred shrine is situated between the highly impressive Manikoot, Brahmakoot and Vishnukoot Valley, at the confluence of two rivers Madhumati and Pankaja. Legend says that the temple is located at the place where Lord Shiva placed a venom (called Halahala), which was originated from the sea in his neck. Above the entrance door, one can see shikhara decorated with sculptures of gods and demons, depicting the story of Samudra Manthan. The interiors of the temple are as exquisite as its exterior. The temple complex has a hot spring where devotees are seen taking a holy bath before visiting the temple. The temple is visited by thousands of tourists during the Maha Shivratri festival or Shravana to witness the rituals and traditions.

Neelkantha Mahadeva Temple Photos

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