Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the sacred religious place of Tarkeshwar Mahadev temple is situated in the Lansdowne area of Tehri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand at an altitude of 2,092 metres. Being one of the Sidha Peethas and famous temples of Uttarakhand, thousands of Hindus come to offer prayers at Tarkeshwar Mahadev every year. Devotees believe that Tarkeshwar Mahadev fullfills every wish.
The festival of Mahashivratri is celebrated here with exhilaration and religious fervour. This temple is surrounded by acorn and cedar trees, which enhances its natural beauty. Besides this, many small waterfalls are also situated around the temple. There is also a sacred furrow, kund in the temple. It is said that it was formed by Lakshmi, the Kund Devi. The sacred water of this kund is offered to the Shivalingam, enshrined in the temple.
According to the legend prevalent about this famous temple, a demon named Tarkasur did the severe penance in order to attract the attention of Lord shiva, who blessed him with the gift of immortality. But Tarkasur started misusing the blessing and killed the numerous saints. At this, the saints sought help from Lord Shiva. Viewing the pathetic condition of saints, Lord Shiva’s son Kartike slaughtered Tarkasur. While dying, Tarkasur prayed and apologised for his heinous acts before Lord Shiva. Then Lord Shiva proclaimed that the people in Kalayuga would worship Tarkasur in the name of Lord Shiva.
Soon after this incidence, the Lord Shiva rested here for a while. But He felt a wave of heat while taking rest. Seeing this, Mata Parvati implanted seven cedar trees here to provide shadow to Lord Shiva. Astonishingly, one can find exact seven trees in the yard of Tarkeshwar Mahadev temple. The name of Tarkeshwar Mahadev is also found in the holy book of Ramayana. It is said that Tarkeshwar Mahadev never disappoints his devotees. After getting their wishes or vows fulfilled, the devotees hang bells on the temple’s wall.
How to reach
This sacred religious site is located 38 kilometres away at Gundalkhet from Lansdowne. Both bus or taxi is available for Gundalkhet from Lansdowne. One can reach Tarkeshwar Mahadev Dham by waying up 1 km from Gundalkhet. The nearest airport from here is 173 kms located at Dehradun and the closest railway station is 70 kms away at Kathgodam,. One can get bus or taxi from both these places to Lansdown. Lansdowne’s distance from Delhi is about 260 kms. Tourists can reach Lansdowne from Delhi via Meerut-Bijnor-Nazibabad route.
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