Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is an ancient temple located approximately 30 km from the city of Rishikesh. The temple is one of the revered sites in Rishikesh, which is perched on a hill at an altitude of 1675 m above sea level. Once you reach the spot, it's an unfathomable beauty of the surroundings that welcome you.
When you enter the temple, there is a Shiva Lingam placed in the sanctum sanctorum and there is a presiding deity of the temple in the phallic form. Lord Shiva is worshiped here as Neelkanth, whose literal translation is “the God with Blue Throat”.
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple has a historical past as it is the spot where Lord Shiva consumed the venom of Samudra Manthan. Before the devotees are allowed to enter the temple, they have to dip in the natural spring inside the temple.
Coconut, honey, fruits, flowers, milk, and holy water are offered to the lord in this temple. If you want to enjoy the folic and fun side of the temple, make sure you visit here during Maha Shivratri. This is a must-visit place during the Rishikesh tour, which you can add to the itinerary. We offer a wide range of Rishikesh tour packages, which are customizable. You can plan a tour of the Neelkanth Temple during the Rishikesh trip. Contact us for more information and to book a tour!
What to Know Before You Go Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple Timings
The time to visit Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is between 5 AM and 6 PM.
Neelkanth Temple Entry Fee
There is no entry fee to visit Neelkanth Temple.
Things not to miss at Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
The temple's location is quite breathtaking in terms of beauty as well. You will have to trek for 2 km to reach the main shrine. Here are some things that you should not miss while visiting Neelkanth Mahadev Temple:
- The pooja and prayer happen every day in the evening at the temple.
- Enjoy clicking the pictures of the temple as it showcases marvelous architecture.
- Take a dip in the natural hot water spring.
- Enjoy the beauty of the surroundings.
How to Reach Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
To reach the temple, you will have to rent or hire a car/ cab from Ram Jhula. They will drop you off a few meters away from the temple entrance. Also, you can trek to the temple, which starts near Lakshman Jhula.
Best time to visit Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
The temple remains open throughout the year and is flocked by a large number of pilgrims all year round. However, the best time to visit Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is during the Shravan month and Maha Shivratri. There is a grand celebration conducted here and Maha Aarti also takes place. People worship Lord Shiva and sing devotional songs.
The celebration spreads a lot of positive aura in the environment, and the festival is quite amazing. So if you can, plan your visit to Neelkanth Mahadev Temple during this month and on Maha Shivratri.