Madmaheshwar Temple or Madhyamaheshwar Temple
Madhyamaheshwar Temple or Madmaheshwar Temple is an important Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is located in the Mansoona village of Garhwal Himalayas in Rudraprayag district in Uttarakhand, India. Madmaheshwar is situated at an 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, comprising five Lord Shiva temples in the Garhwal, Uttarakhand. The other temples in the group include: Kedarnath, Tungnath, and Rudranath to be visited before Madmaheshwar and the Kalpeshwar temple to be visited after Madmaheshwar. Devotees believe that Pandavas built this temple in the Mahabharata era. Madhmeshwar means the middle or belly part or navel of the bull form of Lord Shiva.
Structure and Insides of Madhyamaheshwar Temple:
The temple is situated in a lush meadow, just below a high ridge. The older, ‘Vriddh-Madhyamaheshwar’, the temple is a tiny blackened shrine on the ridge, which looks straight up at the commanding Chaukhamba peaks.
In the new and current temple, a navel-shaped Shivlingam, made of black stone, is placed. There are two other smaller shrines, one for Parvati and the other dedicated to the Ardhanarishwara, a half-Shiva half-Parvati avatar.
According to the legends Bhima, the second among Pandava brothers had built this temple. He used to worship here. To the right of the main temple, there is another temple where the marble idol of Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of learning is placed.
The Madhyamaheshwar temple is located in a lush green valley surrounded by snow-covered peaks of Chaukhamba, Neel Kanth and Kedarnath. The Kedar hills give a view of the mountain formation with a number of glaciers which include the source of the Mandakini River.
Madhyameshwar trek The trek starts from Uniana and goes on to Ransi, there is an ancient temple built of stones. From Uniana to Madhyameshwar the entire trek is covered with wild and natural scenic beauty in the beauty of Chaukhamba, Kedarnath and Neelkantha peaks along the route. You will find Monal bird and Kasturi Deer. So don’t forget to pick up your camera.
Best Time to Visit Madhyamaheshwar:
Summers and springs are the best time to camp here. One can enjoy a bonfire at night before or after the trekking. The area witnesses moderate weather throughout the year. The summers could get warmer but overall remain pleasant while winters can be cold. The recommended time to visit Madhyamaheshwar is between the months of May and October.
Monthly Weather in Madhyamaheshwar Throughout The Year:
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How to Reach Madmaheshwar:
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:
There is no railway track directly to Ukhimath. The nearest railway station is Kotdwar, which is nearly 205 km from Ukhimath. From Kotdwar there are plenty of options such as public transport and cabs to reach Ukhimath.
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.