Tapkeshwar is a famous holy temple of Lord Shiva on the bank of seasonal Asan river near Dehradun. Known to have one of the oldest Shivling in the cave, Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple is located at 6.5 km from Dehradun city. As water droplets continuously drops on the shivling, hence it was named as 'Tapkeshwar'.
Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple - History & Myth
As per belief and holy epic Mahabharata, it was believed that the cave to be once resided by the Guru of Pandavas and Kauravas. The cave is named Drona Cave after his name. When Dronacharya's wife Kalyani gave birth to Aswosthama, she didn't properly feed him with her milk. As Dronacharya was unable to afford cow or cow milk, Aswosthama. the clever child prayed to Lord Shiva. Happy with his praying, Lord Shiva feed him milk through dripping from the Shivling in Drona Cave.
Tapkeshwar Mahadev in Dehradun
Thousands of pilgrims visited Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple round the years to pay homage in Drona Cave where they can see water drops dripping at Shivling. During Shivratri, one can witness several kilometre long queue of devotees waiting for Darshans. A large fair also held around the Tapkeshwar Temple during Shivratri. Delicacies like Bhaang k Pakode and Bhaang juice (known to be Prasad of Shiva) is available at the fair easily.
How To Reach Tapkeshwar Dehradun
Tapkeshwar is located at just 6.5 kms from Dehradun city at Tapkeshwar Road. Devotees can reach easily at Tapkeshwar Temple through bus or auto (vikram). Nearest railway station is at Dehradun railway station (7 kms) and airport at Jolly Grant Airport (32 kms).