Koteshwar Mahadev Temple in Rudraprayag (Uttarakhand)

Koteshwar Mahadev Temple: Koteshwar Mahadev Temple is located 3 km away from the Rudraprayag district on the Rudraprayag-Chopra route. This is a cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, situated on the bank of the Alaknanda river.

The naturally formed idols and Shivling present inside the cave were established since ancient times. Apart from the cave, the idols of Maa Parvati, Lord Ganesh, Lord Hanuman, and Maa Durga around the temple have also appeared naturally. In the heavy numbers of pilgrimage comes here on the occasion of the holy festival of Mahashivratri. The mesmerizing view of the Alaknanda river flowing outside the temple attracts devotees and tourists.

Koteshwar Mahadev Temple: Lord Shiva Temple

Koteshwar Mahadev Cave Temple Rudraprayag

Inside view of Koteshwar Mahadev Cave Temple Rudraprayag

It is said that Lord Shiva performed spiritual practice in this cave on the way to Kedarnath. The Linga and other idols emerged naturally inside the cave. A huge crowd gathers here on the auspicious occasion of Mahashivaratri to perform Lord Shiva Puja. Many devotees visit Koteshwar Mahadev Temple in the months of August and September.

It is believed that after the death of the Kauravas, when the Pandavas were searching for Lord Shiva to ask for the boon of liberation, then Shiva stayed in this cave and meditated.

According to another mythological belief, Lord Shiva hid in this cave to escape from Bhasmasura. Bhasmasura received the boon by worshipping Shiva that he would put his hands on anyone’s head, he would be consumed at that moment. The demon thought to try this boon on Lord Shiva, hence he started following Lord Shiva.

It is said that before visiting Kedarnath Dham, one should visit Koteshwar Mahadev Temple.

How to Reach Koteshwar Mahadev Temple Rudraprayag (Uttarakhand)

Koteshwar Mahadev Temple is well connected with road transport. It is only 3 Kms. away from the Rudraprayag bus stand, once you reach the Rudpraprayag bus stand, you can take a taxi to Koteshwer Mahadev Temple.

  • Nearest Railway station: Rishikesh Railway station, which is around 142 km away
  • Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, which is around 159 km away

Note: From Rishikesh, you need to take either Bus or a private Taxi to reach Rudraprayag.

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