Madmaheshwar Temple Rudraprayag

 Although there are many abodes and temples of Shiva located in Uttarakhand, but among them the main ones are the Panch Kedar of Bholenath and five historical Siddha Peeths. The welfare of the living being is certain by whose darshan only. Among the Panch Kedars in Uttarakhand, after Lord Kedarnath, the one whose second place comes is that of Madmaheshwar Mahadev. In this entire post, you will be informed about the history, beliefs and information related to tourism of Madmaheshwar Temple. So read this post till the end.

Madmaheshwar Temple 

Madmaheshwar Temple

A major abode of Shiva is situated at a distance of 18 km from Ransi of Ukhimath in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. Which is known as Madhyamaheshwar. This temple, known as Madmaheshwar in the local language, was formerly known as Madhyamaheshwar. The middle part of Shiva's bull form i.e. the navel is worshiped in this place. Which later came to be known as Madmaheshwar. Although item means intoxication.

The Madmaheshwar Temple, situated at an altitude of 3,497 meters above sea level, is dedicated to Kailashpati Shiva. According to the Hindu epic, this temple was built by the Pandavas during their journey to heaven. This temple is surrounded by the snow covered ranges of Chaukhamba. The doors of this temple remain open for a fixed period of time. In winter, the doli of Madam Maheshwar sits in the Aonkareshwar temple located in Ukhimath and in summer the doli is again brought to the temple of Madam Maheshwar. 
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Many devotees join this journey during the journey of Utsav Doli. Budha Madmaheshwar temple is located at a distance of about three kilometers from Madmaheshwar. The walk from Ransi to Goundar and from Goundar to the temple is very pleasant. During this journey you will also get acquainted with the struggle of the villagers of Goundar.

History and mythological beliefs of Madmaheshwar temple

According to mythology, the Madmaheshwar temple was built by the Pandavas during their journey to heaven. After the war of Mahabharata, when the Pandavas were accused of the sin of killing the dynasty, Lord Krishna asked the Pandavas to meditate on Bholenath. At the time of ascension, when the Pandavas started meditating on Bholenath, the three-eyed Shiva understood everything and took the form of a bull to stay away from the Pandavas.

When the Pandavas reached Kedarnath while roaming around, they understood that Lord Shiva had assumed the form of a bull. Standing in front of the herd of bullocks, the mighty Bhima spread his legs to catch them. The rest of the bulls went from under his feet but Lord Shiva did not. When Bhima caught him, Shiva disappeared into the ground near Guptkashi and meditated. 
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When Lord Shiva entered the earth, the five parts of his body appeared in these five Kedars. Where Shiva's hump (back) is in Kedarnath, arm in Tungnath, head in Rudranath, navel in Madmaheshwar and hair in Kalpeshwar. Since then Lord Shiva is worshiped in these places. And these five places became famous as Panch Kedar.

Shankaracharya had established these temples in the early times, that is why in these temples only the Rawals of South India do the work of opening the doors and worshiping at these places.
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Belief related to Madmaheshwar temple

There is a belief about the subject of this temple that the person who reads or listens to the greatness of Madmaheshwar with or without devotion, he gets a place in the supreme abode of Shiva. Apart from this, the person who donates Pinth here, his father's descendants of hundred generations before and after hundred, hundred generations of mother and hundred generations of father-in-law are saved.
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According to another belief, Lord Shiva and Mother Parvati celebrated Madhuchandra Ratri here due to the unique shade and beauty of this place in mythological times. It is said about the present water that only a few drops of this water are sufficient for salvation.

What is special in Madmaheshwar

Madmaheshwar Dham situated at the foothills of Chaukhamba peak boasts of natural beauty of nature. The snow-clad mountain ranges of Chaukhamba, Neelkanth and Kedarnath can be seen from this place. On the other hand, beautiful waterfalls located on the Madmaheshwar Yatra Marg, valleys decorated with flowers and green bugyals, gathering of clouds and clear blue sky fascinate the visitors coming here.
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A few kilometers away from Madmaheshwar is Budha Madmaheshwar or Old Madmaheshwar. Where nature lovers get to see beautiful views. The mountains spread in this land change color with the seasons and present a breathtaking view of nature.

How to Reach Madmaheshwar Temple?

  • Delhi – Dehradun Jollygrant (Air route)
  • Delhi – Dehradun / Rishikesh Haridwar (Railway)
  • Dehradun / Rishikesh / Haridwar – Rudraprayag (Road)

Madmaheshwar Temple (Madmaheshwar Temple) is located eighteen kilometers from Ransi on foot from Rudraprayag's Ukhimath via Monsoon. Earlier the passengers had to start their journey on foot from the union itself. But due to road connectivity till Ransi, its distance has reduced. Ransi is a pilgrimage stop for the Madmaheshwar Temple. From here the distance to Gondar and Gondar to Madmaheshwar is covered by foot. You will also feel the struggle of the villagers living in these remote areas by reaching Goundar village situated at the foot of the mountain.

For Madmaheshwar Temple, you can reach Dehradun by air and Rishikesh/Haridhar/Dehradun by rail. From where you will have to cover this distance by road via Rudraprayag, Ukhimath, Monsoon.

 Best time to visit Madmaheswar

The doors of the Madmaheshwar Temple open in the month of April in summer and when the doors of Lord Kedarnath are closed in November, the doors here also close. And the doli of Madmaheshwar is brought to Omkareshwar temple located in Ukhimath in winter.

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