Kyunkaleshwar Mahadev Temple is an ancient temple, which dates back to 8th century, situated in Pauri District of state Uttarakhand in India. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The panoramic view of the mighty Himalayan range and the Alaknanda valley is visible from the temple.
The temple has a Shiva Lingam and an idol of Nandi bull along with an ancient drum. Inside the temple there are other idols of Gods and Goddesses such as Maa Parvati, Ganesha, Karthikeya, Lord Ram, Lakshman and Sita.
According to the mythology the temple was built by Adi Guru Shankaracharya on his visit to this place.
Another Mythology states that the Lord Yamraj(God of Death) used to worship Lord Shiva here. Lord Shiva was happy with the devotion of Lord Yamraj and blessed him and said that in Kaliyuga, Lord Shiva will appear as an Avatar and will be called as kyunkaleshwar, Kankaleshwar, Mukteshwar etc.
The temple is situated in the lap of the picturesque Alaknanda Valley and offers stunning views of the magnificent snow covered Himalayan mountains.
Kyunkaleshwar Mahadev Temple is 2 kms away from the Pauri bus stand. Visitors have to cover a simple trek amidst the forest to reach the temple.
Nearest railway station is 115 kms away in Rishikesh.