Neelkanth Mahadev Temple

Neelkanth Mahadev Temple

Uttarakhand , Pauri Garhwal

Shrine: Neelkanth

At the nature's delight of the confluence of the Madhumati and Pankaja rivers, amidst three valleys of Vishnukoot, Brahmakoot & Manikoot stands the Neelkanth Mahadeva temple. The shrine dedicated to the divinity of Lord Shiva, who drank poison to save the universe. The shrine is believed to have built by Sage Mekh Chand. It is one of the major temples in Rishikesh pilgrim circuit.

Origin: The temple is believed to be built by a Sage named Mekh Chand


Mythology attributes the legend of the temple to Samudra manthan or churning of the ocean between Devas and Asura. During the churning,extremely poisonous venom came out. Lord Shiva took a to drinking the venom to save the universe. His throat turned blue, as Parvati devi caught his neck and the poison accumulated in his throat. It is said that the temple exists at the place where Lord Shiva drank the poison. Neelkanth literally means the 'the blue throated one'.

This Temple is part of famous Haridwar Rishikesh Yatra.


The temple is vibrant and richly hued. The tiered tower is adorned with sculptures of Gods and Goddeses. The entire story of samudra manthan is depicted with intricate architecture. The main  entrance has beautifully carved pillars. A life-sized idol of goddess Parvati is seated near the entrance. The idol in the temple is Lingam, encased in silver & it has an opening at the top to see the original form. Opposite to the lingam is present Lord Shiva's mount Nandi, the bull.

Darsan Info

Neelkanth Mahadeva temple timings : 6.00 AM to 9.00PM. During the Shravan Sivrathri, devotees trek from Haridwar to the temple

Darsan Dresscode: Devotees are advised to dress in clean and conservative attire


Rishikesh and Haridwar are the first cities in India to be given the title of "twin national heritage cities". Rishikesh is a meat free and alcohol free city due to its spiritual environment. The Ganga aarti performed during the dusk is very popular. Rishikesh is also the starting point of many pilgrimages to the Himalayan regions.

Language Spoken: Hindi

Location and Contact

Pauri Garhwal, Kotdwara, Uttarakhand

Ways to Reach

Rishikesh can be reached from other parts of the country by road/rail. The nearest airport at Dehradun is 50 kms from Rishikesh. From Rishikesh, the temple of Neelkanth Mahadev can be reached by buses, jeeps, shared/private taxis or private vehicles. Alternatively, there is a trek path to the shrine form Ram Jhula

Additional Info

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Place Name Jan - March April - June July - Sept Oct - Dec
Max-Temparture 6.1oC 17.3oC 18.6oC 9.4oC
Min-Temparture -3.7oC 7oC 9.3oC 0oC

Temple Rituals

The priests perform regular rituals and pujas to the deity. Devotees take a dip at the holy spring near the Neelkanth Mahadev temple before darshan. They also tie sacred thread on the tree to get their wishes fulfilled

Special Rituals

The gods are believed to have poured water on Lord Shiva's head to calm him down when he drank poison, emulating which the devotees pour Ganga water on the lingam.

Pooja Timing

Neelkanth Mahadeva temple timings : 6.00 AM to 9.00PM

Regular Offerings

Bael leaves, coconut, flowers, milk, honey, fruits and water


March - Maha Shivratri 
August - Shivratri of Shravan

  • Near Bus Stand

  • Rishikesh - 30kms
  • Nearby Airport

  • Dehradun - 50kms
  • Nearby Railway Station

  • Rishikesh - 30kms
  • Taxi Stand

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