This temple is associated with Lord Shiva. It is situated at a height of 1700 meters. It is a 4-hour walk from Rishikesh and a not-to-be-missed destination away from the madding crowd. Neelkanth Mahadev mandir is a holy & famous Mandir located near Rishikesh Haridawar Uttarakhand. This Mandir is located on a hill at a height of 1330 mtrs, Neelkanth Mahadev Mandir is a one of the most popular Mandir of Lord Shiva in Uttarakhand. A famous pilgrimage near Rishikesh.
The Mandir is encircled by Manikoot valleys, Brahmakoot valleys & Vishnukoot valleys which makes it a sacred place at the junction of two eternal rivers Pankaja & Madhumati.
As per mythology, Neelkanth Mahadev Mandir is a sacred place where Bhagwan Shiva drink the poison originated from Samudra Manthan & stored it in his throat. This poison makes Bhagwan Shiva's throat blue in colour & due to this blue colour throat his another becomes Neelkanth. This Shiva Mandir is best place for devotees to visit.
Neelkanth Mahadev Mandir has a very appealing & colorful architecture. Above the entrance door, scene of mythology story of Samundra Manthan is shown by pictures of Gods and Demons on stones. The walls of the Mandir shows the complete story of Samudra Manthan. Inner part of Mandir is also very beautiful. A holy Shivlinga is established in this Mandir. Devotees attach sacred thread in a huge Peepal tree and makes a desire.
Maha Shivratri is celebrated in Neelkanth Mahadev Mandir with full delight and large number of pilgrims visit the Mandir on this auspicious day. Pilgrims offers milk, Bael leaves, coconut, flower etc. to the Shivlinga.
Neelkanth Mahadev Mandir is surrounded by thick forest & situated upon the hill. Apart from Pilgrims, trekkers also interested to reach the Mandir via 22 km trek from Ram Jhula Haridawar. Neelkanth Mahadev Mandir is located at 32 kms from Rishikesh & well connected by road. You can reach at the Mandir by hiring taxi from Ram Jhula Rishikesh. Nearest railway station to reach Neelkanth Mahadev Mandir is Rishikesh railway station (32 kms) and airport at (49 kms).