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Feb 1, 2012

WANDERLUST: Neelkanth Mahadev Temple - Rishikesh

New Year usually brings me to the most spiritual place – Rishikesh on the foothills of Himalayas.
My stay at Sivananda Ashram, specially at Guru Nivas on the banks of Holy River Ganges, has always been a pleasure and spiritually uplifting. But in this post, I am sharing my journey to one of the most powerful temples of Shiva around Rishikesh - Neelkanth Mahadev Temple. The 4 hour trek passes through picturesque dense forest alongside serene rivers Pankaja and Madhumati. But before I take you on to a journey through my images captured on the way, I would like to share…

A brief note on Neelkanth Mahadev Temple...



Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is situated at a height of 1330 meters dedicated to Lord Shiva. According to Hindu mythology, the place where the Neelkanth Mahadev Temple currently stands is the sacred location where Lord Shiva consumed the poison Halahala that originated from the sea when Devas (Gods) and Asuras (Demons) churned the sea in order to obtain Amrita. The poison emanated during the Samudramanthan (churning of ocean) made his throat blue in color. Thus, Lord Shiva is also known as Neelkanth, literally meaning The Blue Throated One.
TEXT: Curtsy Wikipedia, click here to read more…
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Now come and walk with me… and hope that you will feel the energy, the serenity and the bliss I experience there.


The morning’s at the Guru Nivas are usually beautiful with the sunlight peaking around the surrounding hills and the soft flow of Ganges is very inviting for meditation sessions as well as few cups of hot tea brewed on the ghat, specially in the cold winter morning.

The Ghat near the Guru Nivas - Sivananda Ashram
The wall with blue color is the steps from Guru Nivas
On the day of my journey to Neelkanth Temple, I wanted to have a ritual bath in one of the most beautiful ghat in Rishikesh – Triveni Ghat.

The picturesque Triveni Ghat - Rishikesh
Well I was not the only one around with same idea.

A sadhu getting ready ... at Triveni Ghat Rishikesh

Some are all set to go...
And as you leave the banks of Ganges, you come across beautiful valleys of the river that takes you almost half the way to Neelkanth....

The beautiful valley and the river along side the trek... 
I was really surprised to see this small kid happily walking towards Neelkanth Mahadev Temple which was 12 KM's away... and in that winter chill without any shirt on.... Well that is how traditional Brahmins used to go to the temple... 
Some of the trekkers of all size...

A hidden cave... and a beautiful water fall - on the way to Neelkanth
This is one of my favorite places to take rest on the way... Actually there is a small cave behind the curtain of waterfall, where there is a small Shivalinga is placed and some one always comes and do traditional Puja... so you always find some flower on the stone Shivalinga there... This I have been seeing for almost a decade now...


Offerings to Lord Shiva - At Neelkanth Temple
It was around 2PM, when we reached the temple and it was a pleasure to be greeted with flowers, incense and sound of Om Namah Shivaya filling up the environment...

And the Neelkanth Mahadev, inside the sanctum
ॐ नमः शिवाय
OM NAMAH SHIVAYA
Its believed that one who prays here even for little time, gets manifold benefits. Many Tantriks, Sadhu's and Yogi's come in the forest around here and do their rituals and sadhanas ... to get siddhi's and other Tantrik powers. For me, I have always found it to be very serene and peaceful to spend some time, in Mantra Yoga and meditation... May you all feel the energy of the place, through these images...


The Sunset over the Holy River Ganges - At Sivananda Ashram
At the end of the journey, I reached to the Muni Ki Reti (Sand beach of Yogi's) and watched the sun go down on a very uplifting day. The soft murmur of river flowing along side brought many beautiful memories associated with this place and then to my favorite place Buddha's Cafe down the beach...
Hope you have enjoyed this journey with me and may you all have the blessings of supreme cosmic source of peace and happiness that you believe in... 
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Shashi
नमः शिवाय
Om Namah Shivaya

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