Shiv Mandir “Shri Prakasheshwar Mahadev”
The sacred Prakasheshwar Temple also known as Shiva temple or Shiv Mandir is one of the most visited holy sites in Dehradun. Perched in the lush green hills, Shiva temple near Kuthal Gate is strategically located en-route Mussoorie. It is not only visited by the locals but devotees from all around the world. The sphatik stone Shivalinga is the main attraction of the temple. Special Pooja and Aartis are held on the occasion of Shivratri and Saawan.
The divine Shiva temple is seated in the pictorial surroundings, overlooking Doon Valley. One can have a scenic view of the glittering Doon from here. The temple hosts a feast or Bhandara every other day, where Prasad is offered to the devotees. There are some small jewellery shops open in the temple that sell precious stones and gems.
Architecture and History of Prakasheshwar Mahadev Mandir:
The temple boasts an interesting architecture with the tridents of Shiva perched on its terrace. The walls of the temple are painted in the hues of red, orange and a ting of black in the middle. The temple’s history is unknown and many locals believe that it is built by one of Shiva’s follower.
Things to remember while visiting Dehradun’s Shiv Mandir:
While visiting Prakasheshwar Mahadev temple note that you are not allowed to offer anything. Prakasheshwar Mahadev is among those few temples that do not accept any kind of donation, even anonymous donations are not accepted here. The devotees are strictly prohibited to take pictures of the shrine. One can pay obeisance at the temple and take Prasad or tea served in the temple’s kitchen.
Since the area is quite popular for monkey menace, don’t eat out in the open and take care of your belongings. If you have a sweet tooth, you can stopover at the ice-cream parlour adjacent to the temple that has an array of flavourful ice-creams, sweets and other eatables.
How to Reach Prakasheshwar Mahadev Temple:
Shiv Mandir nestled in Khala Gaon is located on the way to Mussoorie from Dehradun near Diversion. It is situated only 9 km away from Dehradun on Mussoorie road near Kuthal Gate. The temple is only 8 km away from Dehradun bus stop, 7 km from Dehradun railway station and 34 km from Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun. The temple can be easily reached by taking the bus to Rajpur which travels all the way to Kuthal Gate. A short 5-10 minutes walk from here will lead you to the temple.