Madmaheshwar Temple or Madhyamaheshwar Temple is an important Hindu temple. It is home to the Lord Shiva. The temple is in the Mansoona village of Garhwal Himalayas. The area lies in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand, India. Madmaheshwar is sitting at a spectacular elevation of 3,497 m (11,473 ft) above sea level.
It is the fourth temple in order to visit all five Panch Kedar pilgrimage circuit. It comprises five Lord Shiva temples in the Garhwal, Uttarakhand. The other temples in the group include:
Devotees believe that Pandavas built this temple in the Mahabharata era. Madmaheshwar means the middle or belly part or navel of the bull form of Lord Shiva.
The temple is in a lush meadow, just below a high ridge. The older one is “Vriddh-Madhyamaheshwar” temple. It is a tiny blackened shrine on the ridge. It looks straight up at the commanding Chaukhamba peaks.
In the new and current temple, a navel-shaped Shivlingam is there. It is made of black stone. There are two other smaller shrines:
According to the legends Bhima built this temple. He was the second among Pandava brothers. He worshiped here. To the right of the main temple, there is another temple. Here the marble idol of Saraswati is present. Maa Saraswati is the Hindu goddess of learning and knowledge.
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Madhyamaheshwar temple is only 20 km from Ukhimath. It is well connected to all major cities of North India. One can reach Ukhimath by following ways:
Ukhimath is well connected to other major cities of the country via regular buses and taxis. Regular and AC buses are available from ISBT Dehradun and ISBT Kashmere Gate, Delhi.
There is no railway track directly to Ukhimath. The nearest railway station is Kotdwar. It is nearly 205 km from Ukhimath. From Kotdwar there are plenty of options such as public transport and cabs to reach Ukhimath.