Neelkanth Mahadev Temple: Its Story And Significance
On February 21, 2020, Devotees in large numbers visit the Lord Shiva temples in several parts of the country to offer their prayers on the holy occasion of Maha Shivratri.
Neelkanth Mahadev temple is a brilliant construction and it has a 6-foot-high monolith Shivling which is made out of a single black kasoti stone. Situated in the Kumbhalgarh Fort, the temple was constructed in 1458 and was renovated by Rana Sanga who was a Rajput King in the 16th century. He worshiped Lord Shiva.
Sources say that Rana Sanga was so tall that when he used to pray, his eyes were on the same level as the Shivling. An interesting feature about the temple is the fact that it has entrances from all the four directions and temple with an open-pillared Mandapa. A pillar on the left of the temple bears inscriptions that speak of the renovations done by Rana Sanga.
The story behind the ancient temple:
Neelkanth Mahadev Ttmple, an ancient place which is located at the Manikut Parvat in Rishikesh. As per Mythological texts, the place is where Mahadev consumed the poison that originated from the sea when God (Devas) and Demons (Asuras) churned the ocean in order to get Amrita. This poison that emanated during the “Samudra Manthan” made his throat blue in colour. This is how he is known as Neelkanth.
However, the story also suggests that while he was in deep meditation and was away from Khailash parvat, Goddess Parvati came looking for Lord Shiva in Manikut. On her request, Lord Shiva agreed to go back to Kailash but before leaving he installed a symbolic ‘Shivaling’ at the site where he meditated. This place is named after that ‘NeelKanth Mahadev Temple’ where worshipers and devotees come to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva.
Every year in the holy month of Shravan, devotees walk the 17 km path to reach the temple of Lord Shiva and seek his blessings.
Technological aspects of Neelkanth Mahadev Temple:
There are a lot of Neelkanth temples but here we are taking the Udaipur temple which is an example of how advanced technology was in the 11th Century. Every year over 24 hours on the Shiva’s day Mahashivratri, one lakh devotees offer 30 to 40 litres of water on the Shivling which is installed in the temple but nobody knows where the water goes into the ground.
A thousand years ago, the drainage system for drainage was scientifically designed. This water reaches the ground directly via a secret canal. This temple was built in the 10th century by King Bhoj’s nephew Udayaditya between 1116 to 1137. The construction took 21 years to get completed. This is located in the foothills of Neelkanth Mahadev Temple hills. The height of this temple is 51 feet and has stone crossings. The temple has pictures of Hindu Gods from bottom to top.
How to Reach the Neelkanth Mahadev Temple:
This place is situated 32 km from Rishikesh which goes via Barrage and 22 km from Ram Jhoola. This place has numerous religious monuments, mythological significance and beautiful surroundings.
At 926 meters, there are three exemplary valleys which are Vishnukoot, Brahmakoot and Manikoot and on the meeting point off Madhumati and Pankaja rivers awaits Neelkanth Mahadev. NeelKanth Mahadev is 22 km from Swargashram. A 12 km road is surrounded by a dense forest.
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