Madhyamaheshwar or Madmaheshwar 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).
It is the fourth temple to be visited in the 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. It is said that this temple was built by Pandavs. 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’, 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 Shiva-lingam, 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 Pandavs brotheres had built this temple. He used to worship here. To the right of the main temple there is an another temple where the marble idol of Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of learning is placed.
The Madhyamaheshwar temple is located in 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.
In the trek of Madhyameshwar, the trek 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.
Camping In Madhyamaheshwar:
Summer and spring period are the best time to camp here. You can enjoy bonfire at night before of after the trekking.
How to Reach Madhyamaheshwar:
Madhyamaheshwar temple is only 20 kms from Ukhimath. You can reach Ukhimath by following ways:
You can a get flight to Jollygrant DehraDun Airport on regular basis.Ukhimath is 117 km away from Dehradun.
There are no regular trains from other major cities to Ukhimath. Nearest train station is Kotdwar. Kotdwar is nearly 205 km from Ukhimath.
Ukhimath is well connected to other major cities of the country via regular buses.