Neel Kanth Mahadev Temple, Rishikesh

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A well-visited temple of the region.

Legend is associated with the Palazhi Manthan (churning Palzhi ocean) story of Bhagavatha Purana.

It is believed, Lord Shiva drank the poison that came out of the churning at this place. Goddess Parvati immediately pressed Lord Shiva’s neck and the poison got stuck at his throat. Thus his throat became bluish and he became Neelkantha- that is one with bluish neck.

Temple is on a hill top at an altitude of about 1165 meters from the sea level. The pilgrims usually take 12 kilometers long trek from Swargashram to the hill top. This trekking amidst lush greenery and forest is itself a rewarding experience.

The temple is surrounded by three lofty hills: Manikoot, Vishnukoot and Brahmakoot and offers a panoramic view of the lower Himalayas.

The temple is about 22 kilometers from Rishikesh and about same distance from Haridwar.

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