Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand, is known for its beautiful tourist spots and gorgeous landscape. From the scenic Doon valley to the gorgeous waterfalls of Sahastradhara, from the hidden Robbers cave to the Tapovan temple, Dehradun is replete with tourist attractions beyond words.
The vibrant cityscape beckons tourists to explore every nook and cranny. One such gorgeous and spiritual tourist destination in Dehradun is the Tapkeshwar Mahadev Mandir. Known for its famous Shiv-ling, it is a direct reflection and symbol of Lord Shiva, which attracts tourists and locals alike.
#Trivia: Dehradun is an ideal stop-over for anyone traveling to Mussoorie, Haridwar, and Rishikesh.
Enjoy a few moments away from the hubbub of the city and spend quiet moments with your loved ones in Dehradun, the pride of Uttarakhand.
About Tapkeshwar Temple
Tapkeshwar is said to be one of the most famous and popular sites in Dehradun. It is located 6.5 km away from the city center of Dehradun. The cave is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
#Trivia: The temple holds the occasional Tapkeshwar Mela every year.
History of Tapkeshwar Temple
As per the legend of the Mahabharata, Guru Dornacharya, the royal Guru of the Pandavas and Kauravas, was believed to have lived in the caves here. Therefore, the caves here are called Drona caves. When Dronacharya's wife gave birth to their son Ashwathama, she could not feed the child with her milk. Since Guru Dronacharya did not have the luxury to purchase a cow or cow's milk, Ashwathama prayed ardently to Lord Shiva. The child's dedication and devotion led Lord Shiva to bless him with the milk falling in the Drona caves.
The Tapkeshwar temple combines two words, 'Tapak,' which means 'drippy,' and 'Ishwar,' which means God. The dripping water droplets here create a serene environment.
You must climb a short trek to reach this place. The temple is home to two Shiva Lingas. Both the Shivalingas are entirely natural.
The Tapkeshwar Mela, or Tapkeshwar fair that takes place every year, usually happens during Shivaratri and has incredible religious importance. It is one of the main festivals for all the Shiva devotees and is celebrated with great pride.
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Architecture of Tapkeshwar Temple
This place's architecture is typical Hindu style and is said to be a simple and small facade. The water droplets that fall from the ceiling surprisingly vanish from sight once they touch the Shivalinga, which is said to be seen a few yards away from the temple premises.
Best time to visit the Tapkeshwar Temple in Dehradun
Shivaratri falls in February or March every year and is one of the best times to visit this temple. The ideal time to visit Dehradun and other hilly locations is between February to May, when the weather is beautiful and offers respite from the rising heat in North India.
While monsoons allow you to explore the lush greenery all around, it is also risky because of unexpected landslides. Thus, summer is the best time to visit Dehradun.
Entry fee and timings of Tapkeshwar Temple
There is no entry fee to visit the Tapkeshwar Temple in Dehradun. It is open from 6 am to 7 pm daily and takes approximately one hour to complete a tour of the temple.
How to reach Tapkeshwar Temple in Dehradun
By Air: There is only one airport in Dehradun- the Jolly Grant Airport. The Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple is exactly 32 km away from the Jolly Grant Airport. You can hire a cab from top car rental companies in Dehradun to reach the location.
By Road: From Dehradun city, you can take a cab or a taxi which takes you straight to a local bus going to Garhi Cantt from ISBT or Ghantaghar because the temple is only 6 to 7 km far from Dehradun city.
If you are a road trip enthusiast, you can enjoy the scenic drive from anywhere in North India to Dehradun along NH72 and revel in the freshness that surrounds you.
By Train: The Tapkeshwar Temple is only 7.5 km away from the Dehradun railway station. You can quickly board the city bus going to Garhi Cantt. You can also hire a taxi from the railway station to the temple.
Dehradun has something to offer all the tourists who visit it. Being one of the top tourist destinations of Uttarakhand and the capital city, you can expect to spend a couple of wonderful days relaxing in the lap of nature and exploring the nooks and crannies around the city. The Tapkeshwar temple holds much significance amongst locals and Shiva devotees because of its mythological importance and history.
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