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Neelkanth Temple, 22km from Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

Neelkanth temple, Uttarakhand, abode of Lord Shiva, about 22km from Rishikesh city uphill Ghat road.

This temple architecture is like the pyramid shape shikhara style sculptured with stories of samudra manthan that you may see in the walls of Angkor Wat, Cambodia which I will be posting in the near future. The deity inside Neelkanth temple is in the form of shiva lingam.

The history of this temple location is where Lord Shiva consumed the poison that came forth during the churning of the ocean by both Devas and Asuras in search of Amrit or elixir. While consuming the poison to save the righteous people, Lord Shiva's throat changed to blue thus, the name Neelkanth. Lord Shiva is said to have meditated here for thousands of years.

In my video posted on Facebook page at, you also get to view the Lakshman Jhula bridge and the gorgeous river Ganga. Ganga View Cafe is a must visit place serving international cuisine with Ganga river view. Prices are a fraction here. Finally, the evening Aarti at Trimbakeshwar (Lord Shiva) temple at Lakshman Jhula in honour of Goddess Ganga. She is wisdom.

Churning of the ocean historical location
Story of Samudra Manthan

Churning of the ocean ie, samudra mantan
View of the temple

Samudra mantan
Close-up view of the churning of the ocean

Shikhara style temple
Shikhara pyramid like shape architecture

Temple entrance
Entrance to the temple


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