Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is an ancient temple in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand – the place where Lord Shiva is believed to have consumed the venom from the mythical 'Samudra Manthan‘. Built to revere Lord Shiva, the temple has an ancient architecture and a charming people. A natural spring exists in the complex where devotees take a holy bath and then enter the premises of the temple.
The temple has a ‘Shiv Lingam’ and it’s visited by thousands of devotees every year. The temple is situated at a height of 1675 meter and it’s on a hill above Swarg Ashram. Apart from religious fervor, devotees this place scenic as it’s surrounded by dense forests and lovely rivers. In fact, trekkers enjoy the stretch (12 km to be precise) from Swarg Ashram to Neelkanth a lot.
The area where the Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is situated not only popular for its holiness but also for scenic beauty. With valleys, forests, rivers and mountains around, it’s nothing less than a delight for tourists and devotees alike. Since the ‘churning of ocean’ event has immense religious significance and it’s a place for Lord Shiva followers, this place is where you get a feel of spirituality and religious piety.