Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is a famous religious temple located in Rishikesh. This ancient temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple is situated on the valley of Manikoot mountain. The story of sea churning has been made in the carving out of the temple. The statue of Dwarpalas has been made at the main entrance of the temple. The idol of Kapil Muni and Lord Ganesha is installed on the temple premises. On the hill opposite the temple is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva's wife "Goddess Parvati". According to legend, sea churning was done for the nectar between gods and demons. During the sea churning, there was poison came out of it, causing the whole earth could have been destroyed. Knowing this, the Gods and the demons became frightened. To get rid of poison, he went to Lord Shiva. Then Lord Shiva raised the pot of poison and drank the whole poison, but Lord Shiva kept the poison in his throat. Lord Shiva's throat became blue after drinking poison and since then Lord Shiva is known as "Neelkanth". It is believed that after drinking poison, Lord Shiva rested on this place for years. That is why this temple was named "Neelkanth Mahadev Temple" due to Lord Shiva's name "Neelkanth". There is a lot of crowds remains in Shivratri and Sawan in the temple..
The nearest airport to Rishikesh is Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun, which is about 20 km from Rishikesh.
The nearest railway station of Rishikesh is Rishikesh, which comes under to the Northern Railway Zone of Indian Railways.
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is located at a distance of about 30 km from Rishikesh.
The journey of Neelkanth Mahadev Temple can be done throughout the year, but the best time to visit here is between the months of October to May. Travelling here in these months is the best and enjoyable. During the winter season, the weather of here is cold. Due to cold in the winter season, the temperature of here goes down very much. Due to heavy rains in the rainy season, it is a bit difficult to travel of here because of rains.