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Koteshwar Temple

Koteshwar TempleOther Name: Rudraprayag
Location: Uttarakhand in the Rudraprayag district
Dedicated to: Lord Shiva

How to reach

By Road: The temple is at a distance of 3 Km from Rudraprayag district which is connected to the major cities of the country. People can easily take, taxi, buses or shared jeep to reach to Rudraprayag.

By Rail: Rishikesh Railway Station is the nearest railway station to the temple and this is vey well connected to all the major cities of the country. It is linked well with cities like Badrinath, Haridwar and Rishikesh and is situated in the New Delhi-Dehradun railway line.

By Air: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun is the nearest domestic airway from Rudraprayag which is nearly at a distance of 179 km. The nearest international airport is Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi from Rudraprayag.

Visit timings:

In Morning - 6.00 AM to 1.00 PM
In afternoon - 4.00 PM to 8.45 PM

Festivals: Some of the Hindu festivals are celebrated here in the temple with great enthusiasm and fervour. These festivals include…

Nag Panchami – This festival on the festival starts with fasting and it is celebrated on the bright half of Saavan and on its 5th day.

Ramnavami – This festival is celebrated in Chaitra and marks the birth anniversary of Lord Rama.

Holi – Like in all other parts of the country, this "festival of colours" is celebrated in the month of March in the temple.

Diwali – This festival is celebrated in the month of October or November like in other parts of the country.

Dassera – This Hindu festival is celebrated usually in the month of October or November and celebrates the triumph of Lord Rama over Ravana.


Koteshwar temple is one of the sacred Hindu temples of India dedicated to celebrating the existence of great God Lord Shiva. This temple is near to the Narayan Sarovar and is much famous because of the presence of Lord Shiva in its premises. Although the temple which was built ages ago had been destroyed now, but the renovated one, designed by the artists of the modern time grab attention of many people. This temple looks beautiful during Sunset!!The temple is located is located at a dis5tance of about 3 km from Rudraprayag district in Uttarkhanad.


The place where the temple has been built is considered to be the place where Lord Shiva had stopped for meditation on his way to Kedarnath. It is believed that this temple exits right from the time of demon Bhasmasur. He was the deadly demon who had got a boon from Lord Shiva that whosoever gets touched by him will turn out into ashes. Overwhelmed with such a powerful boon, the demon decided to get Lord Shiva into ashes and take all the power in his hands.

Because of this Lord Shiva had to keep on hiding himself Bhasmasur! He visited from place to place so as to protect himself. The place where this temple stands is the place where Lord Shiva had stopped to hide and where he started meditating and remembering Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu came with an idea talking the form of Mohini and fooling Bhasmasur to touch his own head with his hand. This took turned him into ashes and he was finally turned into ashes. In this way Lord Vishnu saved Lord Shiva and killed the deadly demon. There something amazing at the temple and one can feel positive vibes of the Lord being in the temple. Drops of water coming from the cave fall exactly over the lingam and that is so delighting about the temple. Just a few Km below, lies the Alankara river.

Best Time to visit the temple

Winters are the best time to visit the temple and also the onset of summers!! The month which is suitable to visit the Rudraprayag is between the month of March and October. The weather here is pleasant almost throughout the year and can be one of the best locations to spend your holidays.

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