Cracking The Secrets Behind Panch Kedar Pilgrimage to Madhyamaheshwar Temple

Madhyamaheshwar temple is a famous  Lord Shiva temple, situated at an altitude of 3497 meters (11,473 feet) above sea level  in Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand state in India.  Surrounded by alpine meadows and snow filled Himalayas, this temple attracts a lot of pilgrims. It is the fourth temple to be visited among five temples of Panch Kedar pilgrimage tour.
Madhyamaheshwar Temple Trek
Madhyamaheshwar Temple.

Stomach (nabhi), the middle portion of a bull, which is considered as a divine form of God Shiva, is work-shipped at this temple. This deity is believed to be built during the time of Pandavas, the great heroes of the great epic, Mahabharata.

Secret Behind Panch Kedar Pilgrimage

Panch Kedar pilgrimage includes visiting five Lord Shiva temples. They are Kedarnath temple, Tungnath temple, Rudranath temple, Madhyamaheshwar temple  and Kalpeshwar temple to be visited in the same order, all located in Garhwal Himalayas.

It is believed that  to atone for the sins of killing Kauravas (Pandavas cousins) and  the priest class during the epic Mahabharata war, Pandavas begged for God Shiva’s pardon. God Shiva was annoyed at the behavior of Pandavas during the Kurukshetra war.

To avoid  Pandavas, Lord Shiva took the form of a bull (nahdi) and went to Garhwal Himalayas. Pandavas saw this bull gazing there .They tried to hold this bull by its tail and hind legs. The bull all of a sudden disappeared and reappeared as five parts of a bull at Panch Kedar temples.

Hump  is work-shipped at Kedarnath temple. Arms (bahu) are work shipped at Tungnath temple. Face is work shipped at Rudranath temple. Stomach (nabhi) is work-shipped at  Madhyamaheswar temple and hair (jada) at Kalpeshwar temple.

How Do I Go to Madhyamaheshwar Temple alias Madmaheshwar Temple?

Madmaheshwar  Mandir (Mandir means temple) is situated in Mansoona village, which is not connected by roads. Ransi Village is the nearest village up to which roads are available.

The nearest railway station is at Dehradun, around 230 kilometers distance. From Dehradun you can hire a cab reach Ransi village. From Ransi village, you need to trek around 16 kilometers to reach Madhyamaheshwar temple.

The nearest airport is Joly Grant airport at DehraDun.

Gangotri Char Dham Tour

Gangotri Char Dham Tour, or Chota Char  Dham tour to be precise, consists of the tour of Gangothiri, in Utterkashi District of Uttarakhand or Utteranchal in India long with 3 other temples.

Chota Char Dham Tour which consists of Gangothri, Yamunothi, Kedarnath and Badrinath (‘Chota’ means ‘small’ in Indian language, Hindi).

Gangotri temple in Uttarakhand, India
Gangotri temple in Uttarakhand, India. Image courtesy – Wikimedia / Wikipedia

This pilgrimage tour  is considered as one of the most sacred Hindu Pilgrimage tours.  It is in the Himalayas, at an altitude of around 3100 meters above sea level. River Ganga or Bhagirathi originates here. It is at  a distance of 19 kilometers from Gangotri town, which can be trekked. It is part of the four pilgrimage centers of Chota Char Dham.

Char Dham Tour consists of visiting Badrinath, Dwarka temple,  Puri Jagannath Temple and Rameswaram temple.

Gangotri is seat of Gooddess Ganga, where Gangothri temple is located. There is a Submerged Shivlingam at here.

Purpose of Gangotri Char Dham Tour

Gangotri Char Dham Tour liberates you of your sins and leads you to salvation as per Hindu belief. Confluence of the River Ganga, River Yamuna (two physical rivers) and the invisible or mythic River Saraswati, three of the most sacred rivers, happens at Allahabad.

Taking a holy dip at the confluence of three holy rivers, ‘Triveni Sangam‘ at Prayag in Allahabad,  is considered most sacred. Allahabad is considered as a holy place for Hindus.  It is believed that taking a bath at Allahabad takes away your sins and absolve you of the your sins. It is a site where many immerse the ashes of their beloved ones, including that of Mahatma Gandhi, India’s ‘father of the nation’.

How Do I Go to Gangotri?

Rishikesh is the nearest railway station at around 250 kilometers distance. Haridwar Junction railway station is at around 245 kilometers away. New Delhi is at around 450 kilometers distance.

Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun at around 260 kilometers distance, is the nearest airport.

Gangotri  is well connected by roads to Delhi, Rishikesh, Dehradun, etc.