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Visit the Tapkeshwar Temple in Dehradun

Tapkeshwar Temple in Dehradun, Uttarakhand

Connect to your roots at this soul-pleasing temple

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About Tapkeshwar Temple in Dehradun, Uttarakhand

There are a few places as serene as this prestigious Tapkeshwar Temple situated on the outskirts of Dehradun city. The temple is located amidst a forest and its gates are always lined up with devotees. It is also considered as one of the most prestigious temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. One of the key attractions of this temple is a natural cave from the walls of which water trickles down. The Shivalinga present inside the cave is considered auspicious. Water trickling down over the Shivalinga makes for a serene sight.

This temple is also well-known as the Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple since it is devoted to Lord Shiva. It is around 6-km away from the main city arena. The site lures many travelers and locals on a daily basis. However, there is a surreal vibe during the occasion of Shivratri and the temple is flocked with hundreds of tourists. It is considered that one can seek epitome of blessings during this time of festivity. It is recommended to be vigilant of your belongings and visit during the early hours. Drona cave and the pool of sulphur-rich spring are other key attractions of Tapkeshwar Mandir, Dehradun.

History of Tapkeshwar Temple

The presence of this temple is pretty well-known but its roots are connected to mythological times of Mahabharata. It is believed that the prestigious natural cave present here was once the abode of Guru Dronacharya. Hence, it is named after him, Drona Cave. Locals also consider Tapkeshwar Temple to be the most auspicious Lord Shiva temple of Dehradun district.

This story in the Hindu mythology has not just provided the cave with its name, but also the distinct feature of Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple in Dehradun that attracts hordes of devotees from all over the country. Thousands of devotees come to this distinct temple to seek blessings from Lord Shiva, who also listened to the baby version of Ashwathama. The kid was the son of Guru Dronacharya, the guru and guide of the Kauravas and Pandavas clan in the Indian mythological epic, Mahabharata. The story goes like when Ashwathama was born to the guru and his wife, the latter couldn’t properly feed the kid with her breast milk. As the couple were poor and not well-off, they couldn’t afford to buy a cow or even cow’s milk for that matter. The child went hungry and prayed to Lord Shiva to feed him with some cow’s milk. After much praying, Lord Shiva appeared in front of the child in the form of Shivalinga and fed him milk through dripping it from the Shivalinga that is present inside the Drona Cave. Even today, the temple is known for this distinct feature. The water keeps flowing on top of the Shivalinga in the form of droplets at Tapkeshwar Temple in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. This continuous flow of water on the Shivalinga is considered auspicious by many. This is the reason why devotees from all over the country and many even from different parts of the world come here to pay their respects to the lord.

Events at Tapkeshwar Temple in Dehradun, Uttarakhand

Some devotees visit Tapkeshwar Temple, Dehradun, both form the city and afar to be in the vicinity of Shivalinga while for others, it is a beautiful picnic spot. It also hosts a fair from time to time during festivals and special occasions. This Tapkeshwar Temple travel guide gives you an insider view of this place as well as nearby sites. The festival of Shivratri is the most popular here. It is the occasion of the birthday of Lord Shiva. During this festival, there is a fair held here that is attended by a lot of people. There are many delicacies that one can try during the fair, like Bhang fritters and Bhang Juice. These food items are considered to be the prasadam of Lord Shiva.

So, plan a visit to Tapkeshwar Temple to tune in to spirituality, and grab a chance to soothe your senses.

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    Usually, the water level is low and is considered quite safe for swimming. However, monsoon can cause a sudden rise in the water level.

    The temple is not surrounded by ATM points, however, one can find ample ATMs within 1 km reach of the Tapkeshwar Temple.

    Even though this temple is situated on the outskirts of Dehradun, it is a suitable place to visit even with children.

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