Neelkantha Temple, Rishikesh
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is a sacred and famous temple located at 32 km from Rishikesh. Scenically situated on a hill at a height of 1330 mtrs, 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. Shiva Lingam is placed in the sanctum sanctorum; presiding deity of the temple is in phallic form. Lord Shiva is worshipped as Neelkanth, or the God with Blue Throat. His throat turned blue because he consumed all the venom that was oozed during the Churning of Ocean (Samudra Manthan).
Before entering the temple, devotees take a dip in the natural spring in the premises. Coconut, honey, fruits, flowers, milk and holy water are offered to the lord in this temple. Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is an important religious site of Rishikesh and is visited by thousands of pilgrims. The temple is located at a distance of 20 km from Rishikesh and lies adjacent to the Nar-Narayan Hill Range. Confluence of Pankaja River and Madhumati River situated at a short distance.
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