About Neelkanth Temple Rishikesh
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and most revered holy Temple shrines of the Hindus. The Temple is built on the same sacred place where Lord Shiva had consumed poison at that time of Samudra Manthan, which was churned out of the ocean by devotees (Gods) and Asuras (Demons) after this Lord Shiva came to be known as 'Neelkantha Mahadev' (One having blue throat).
The temple lies at a comfortable distance of around 21 kms from Rishikesh takes around 1 hour to reach and located on a hill above Swarg Ashram in Rishikesh. The Neelkanth Temple situated on the mountain name is Manikut has stated in Shiv Maha Puran a Hindu holy book. It is surrounded by dense forests and is spreading to the mountain ranges of Nar-Narayan.
It is enveloped between the valleys of Brahmakoot and Vishnukoot and is located at the confluence of the two rivers Madhumati and Pankaja. The main shrine comprises a Shivalingam. the aura of the temple gives a devotional spiritual feeling in the hearts of devotees.
Festivals at Neelkanth Temple
Maha Shivratri and Shraavan Maha are the most important festivals celebrated at the Neelkanth Mahadev temple. Maha Shivaratri is in February-March and Shraavan Maha between July-August. During the festival thousand of devotees visit the temple to offer flowers, milk, water, coconut, honey and Bael leaves to the Lord Shiva and wishes according to their need.
Architecture of Neelkanth Temple
The Temple has an impressive architecture sculpted on it with an ancient fight taken place between Gods and Demons during Samudra Manthan. The entire story has been depicted on the temple’s walls. There is a natural spring where devotees can take holy bath, before entering into the Neelkanth Mahadev Temple premises.
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