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Neelkanth Mahadev Temple


Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple

Neelkanth, which literally means blue throated. According to mythology, During the Samundra Manthan (ocean churning) by the Gods and Demons, 14 Gems were obtained from it. One is very poisonous ‘Kalkut’ poison was released, which had the ability to end the life from the whole world. For the welfare of the whole world, that Kalkut poison was consumed by Lord Shiva Shankar. After consuming the poison, the colour of his throat started turning blue and Lord Shiva Shankar came here to pacify the burning of the poison.

 He felt peace in the dense forests here and he meditated here for thousands of years. Before going back to Kailash, Lord Shiva ensconced a Shiva Linga here in the form of a kantha for the welfare of humanity. At present, the Shiva Linga in the temple is a self-manifested Linga ensconced by Lord Shiva, where Lord Shiva is worshiped in the form of Neelkanth.

Neelkanth Trek
Neelkanth Trek

Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is one of the most popular temples of Lord Shiva located at a distance of 32 km from Rishikesh. It is surrounded by dense forests and is adjacent to the mountain ranges of Nar-Narayan. The main temple has a Shivalinga where the water, fruits, milk, belpatra (vine leaves) are offered, and in the nearby sub-temple Shivalinga honey is offered. Apart from this, there is also the Dhuna of Lord Shiva, and there are many small and big Trishul situated. On the top of the temple, the idols of various Gods and Asuras depicting the Samundra Manthan with very great architecture.

Neelkanth Temple

Maha Shivratri and Shravan Shivaratri are the most prominent festivals celebrated in the temple. Many devotees or Kawadiya visit the temple during the festival. Every year on the occasion of Shivaratri, people bring Ganga water from Haridwar and wait in long queues to offer Ganga water to the Shivalinga. Apart from this, on the night of 31 December the Jagran and Bhandara were also held in the Neelkanth Mahadev temple premises.

Neelkanth Trek

There are mainly two ways to reach the temple, one is by road which is about 32 km. The other which comes after some hiking from the back side of Parmarth Ashram which is around 12 km long. During this hiking there is also a Bhairav ​​Baba Temple comes before 2 km from the Neelkanth Temple. There is also a Devi Parvati Temple near the Neelkanth temple at a distance of around 3 km and the Jhilmil Gufa (Cave) at a distance of about 5 km.

Parvati temple can be reached by hiking up to the temple and also by own vehicle, but Jhilmil cave is reached only by hiking. Some people also come from another route to Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, which goes up through the Barrage and reaches near Jhilmil Gufa and people again come towards the temple from there. But this path is totally surrounded by dense forests and the risk of wild animals is also higher. People come and go from this route only on the occasion of Shivratri or Mahashivratri.

The nearest Railway Station is Rishikesh and the nearest Airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun.

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The best places in Rishikesh to visit


Parmarth Aashram

Before knowing the best places in Rishikesh to visit, First let us know about Rishikesh

Rishikesh is known as the “Yoga Capital of the World”. In ancient times, Sages and Saints came here to meditate in search of higher knowledge. According to mythology, Lord Ram did penance here to kill Ravan, and his younger brother Lakshman, using two jute ropes to crossed the Ganga River, where the ‘Lakshman Jhula’ is today.

The Ganga River is one of the most sacred rivers for Hindus. Rishikesh has many ancient and new temples. Shatrughan Temple, Bharat Mandir, Lakshman Temple are the ancient temples established by Shri. Shankaracharya. Shatrughan Temple is located near Ram Jhula and Lakshman Temple is located near Lakshman Jhula.

Lakshman Jhula
Lakshman Jhula

Since 2000, there have many changes in Rishikesh. At earlier, this city was known for pilgrims and now this place is known for Adventure spot. The city has attracted many tourists due to the International Yoga Festival. Over time the city’s markets have transformed from “local and religious handicrafts” to “Cafes, Hotels, Yoga and Meditation as well as rafting, Bungee jumping and Camping”.In February 1968, the Beatles band visited Rishikesh and came to know about the ashram of Yogi Maharishi Mahesh. They were all impressed by Maharishi ji’s divine meditation, since then the arrival of western people to this city has increased, and has increased to such an extent that today Rishikesh is known as the “Yoga Capital of the World”. There are many yoga centers here which attract tourists. Students from the country and abroad come here to learn yoga and become qualified as yoga teachers.

The best places in Rishikesh to visit

The beauty of Rishikesh is unexplainable, there is something in the air of this place. while walking on the banks of the Ganga ji in the morning and evening.The Ram Jhula, Laxman Jhula and Janki Jhula or Janki Setu with the beauty of all. The Ganga aarti performed every evening at Swarg Ashram, Triveni Ghat and other Ghats captivates all the tourists. Apart from this, there are other very attractive places in the city.

The best places in Rishikesh to visit

Neergarh waterfall
Neergarh waterfall

Neergarh Waterfall is located about 5 to 7 km from Laxman Jhula on Rishikesh-Badrinath Highway. The rapid clean water coming from the hill rocks fascinates the mind with its beauty. In summers, many tourists come to the Neergarh Falls to bath.

Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple

Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is a sacred and most famous temple located at 32 km from Rishikesh.Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is a one of the most popular temples of Lord Shiva. A famous pilgrimage near Rishikesh, the temple lies above Swargashram adjacent to Nar Narayan mountain range. Shivratri and Kanwar Yatra are the main festive of the place

Rishi Vashishth Cave, Beatles Ashram (Chaurasi Kutia) and Rajaji Tiger Reserve are the other top most tourist places that are nearby. Travelers coming here like to visit Haridwar, Dehradun, Chamba, Mussoorie, Dhanaulti, Tehri Lake and Chota Char Dham Yatra.

The nearest Railway Station is Rishikesh and the nearest Airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun.

The Best places in Haridwar to visit


The best places in Haridwar to visit

First let us know the basic information of Haridwar.

Haridwar is the second largest city in the state also the largest in the district list. The city is situated at the foothills of the Shivalik ranges. Haridwar is regarded as a holy place for Hindus. Most significant of the events is the Kumbh Mela, which is celebrated every 12 years in Haridwar. During the Haridwar Kumbh Mela around millions of pilgrims, devotees, and tourists come in Haridwar for divine bath on the banks of the Ganga to wash away their sins to attain moksha.

According to mythology, Haridwar, Ujjain, Nasik and Prayagraj are the four sites where drops of amrit (the elixir of immortality) fell accidentally from a kumbha (pitcher or kalash) during the fight in between Indra (King of Heaven ) and Bali (King of Asur). Brahma Kund is the spot where the amrit fell and it is located at Har ki Pauri and also considered to be the most sacred ghat of Haridwar. It is also a primary centre of the Kanwar pilgrimage in that area. where thousands of participants gather sacred water from the Ganga and carry it across hundreds of miles just to offer it to Shivlinga of their home or their nearby temple.

 In sacred writings, it has been mentioned in different names as Ganga-dwar and Mayapuri. It is also the first point towards Chota Char Dham Yatra ( Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri & Yamunotri ). The Shiva devotees call the city Hardwar and  Vishnu devotees call the city Haridwar because Har means Shiva and Hari means Vishnu.

The best places in Haridwar to visit are Har ki pauri, Maya Devi Mandir, Mansa Devi Mandir, Chandi Devi Mandir and Kankhal 

Har ki Pauri

Har ki pauri night

The Har ki pauri was constructed by the King Vikramaditya in memory of his brother Bharthari. It is believed that Bharthari came to Haridwar and meditated on the banks of Ganga. When he died, his brother constructed a Ghat in his name, which later came to be known as Har Ki Pauri. The most divine ghat in Har Ki Pauri is Brahmakund. The presense in evening prayer (Aarti) at Bhramkund, Har Ki Pauri is a divine experience. it is the place where Kanwar pilgrims come to collect Ganga Jal (Ganga water). In the Kumbh Mela millions of Saints, Priest and devotees take bath at mainly Brahmakund on the Divine bath dates.

Maya Devi Temple

Goddess Maya is the presiding deity of Haridwar. She is a three-headed and four-armed Goddess, a form of Devi Shakti. Haridwar was earlier known as Mayapuri in the name of Devi Maya. This temple is a Siddha Peeth and it is one of the three such Siddha Peeths located in Haridwar, the other two are Chandi Devi Temple and Mansa Devi Temple. It is believed that the heart and navel of Devi Sati fell here where the temple stands today and hence it is also known as Shakti Peeth. Additionally, it is one of the three ancient temples of Haridwar those are still intact, the other two are Narayan-shila and Bhairav ​​temple. The Maya Devi Temple has idols of Goddess Maya, Goddess Kali and Goddess Kamakhya. This temple is very close to Haridwar station and anyone can reach here by walk.

Mansa Devi Temple

Mansa Devi Temple

Mansa Devi Temple is situated at top of Bilva Parvat on Shivalik hills, which is the southernmost mountain in Himalaya range. The literal meaning of Mansa Devi is ‘the goddess of desires’. Goddess Mansa is believed to be a form of Goddess Shakti, who originated from the mind of ‘Rishi Kashyap’. In the main part of the temple is two impressive statues of the goddess – one with three faces and five arms and the second with eight arms. This temple is one of the Panch Teerth of Haridwar and a Siddha Peeth.

According to mythology, once Manasa a common girl, who was unaware of her whole truth from her guardians, decided to meet Lord Shiva and ask him about her truth. To meet the Lord Shiva, she sat for sadhana and after several years of sadhana, she had a chance of meeting the Lord Shiva and then she know her truth. After knowing her truth, she acquired the powers to the goddess of welfare for the world.

Mansa Devi view point

Devotees who pray to Mansa Devi to fulfil their wishes tie threads to the branches of a tree located in the temple. Once their wish is fulfilled, people again come to the temple to untie the thread from the tree. Coconuts, fruits, flowers and incense sticks are also offered for prayers to Goddess Mansa.

Mansa Devi Temple is a place of pilgrimage as well as a tourist destination, especially because of the hill mounted ropeway and that offers a beautiful view of the city of Haridwar. To reach this temple, you can go by ropeway or trek up the hill. The way of trek is almost in stairs and anyone can do this trek because it’s almost around 1.5 – 2 km. After the trek we can see how beautiful river ganga designs the haridwar city. This is the trek which i did in my life for first time and also the first trek in my vlogging journey.

Chandi Devi Temple

Chandi Devi Gate
The way to Trek

This temple is one of the oldest temples in North India and as the name says. This temple is about Chandi Devi (Goddess) and it is situated at the Neel Parvat on the east side of the Ganga River.

According to Hindu mythology, once the kingdom of Indra Dev (Lord of Heaven) was occupied by two demons named Shumbha and Nishumbha. Then lords of heaven prayed to Goddess Parvati for protection and then a powerful goddess was born from Goddess Parvati. Because she was a very beautiful and dynamic goddess, the demon king Shumbha wanted to marry her. when she refused, the king sent Chanda and Munda to kill her and they were both killed by Kalika Devi, who was born out of Chandika Devi’s anger.

When all their efforts failed, the demon kings themselves tried to kill Chandika Devi, but in return they were killed by the goddess and after being victorious in the battle, she rested for some time on the Neel Parvat.

Chandi devi Temple is the place where she rested and it is believed that the main idol which is situated at that place, that idol was established by Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century and the temple was built in 1929 by King Suchet Singh of Kashmir. This temple is one of the Panch Teerth of Haridwar and a Siddha Peeth.

The temple is a very famous pilgrimage place and is visited by devotees throughout the year, There is also a Anjani Mata Temple around 500 meters above.This was the second trek in my vlogging journey.

View from Chandi Devi

There are two ways to reach the temple, the first is easiest to go through the ropeway and the second is to go by trekking for 4 -5 km. There are also two ways to trek and  both trek are steep for beginners. But in main trek you can go with two wheeler. Both ropeway and trek route distance is 5 km from station towards Chandi Ghat.


Kankhal is the oldest place in Haridwar and known as a sub-city of Haridwar. This place is best known for the ancient temple of Daksheshwar Mahadev located in the city.

According to mythology, this place was the capital of the kingdom of King Daksh and it was the place where the King Daksha performed the famous Yagya. Daksh daughter was Devi Sati, who had self-immolated herself with fire after her father insulted Lord Shiva by not inviting him to the Maha-Yagya.

After, the Lord Shiva became very angry and his one of the form ‘Virbhadra’ killed King Daksh by slitting his throat. Later Lord Shiva attached his torso to the goat’s head. In the memory of this incident, this Daksheshwar temple has been built here and there is also a place Sati Kund.

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