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Madmaheshwar - Abode of Lord Shiva

Madmaheshwar (also called as MadhyaMaheshwar and Madhmaheshwar) is a quaint little holy town named after the sacred Madhyamaheshwar Temple of Lord Shiva. It is situated at an altitude of 3490 mts above sea level. 

Madhmaheshwar is mystically covered by the snow-capped Himalayas on the right side, lush green alpine meadows on the left side and dense forest acts as its backdrop. The shepherd huts, village houses, thousands of years old Madmaheshwar temple and picturesque views complete this town. The temple architecture is classic north Indian style.

At Madhyamaheshwar Temple entire village shows their presence at the evening aarti performed at the temple and the guests are greeted. One can feel the spiritual vibes in the proximity of the temple. The locals refer Madhyamaheshwar to as Madhamaheshwar which literally means the Drunken god.

About Madmaheshwar Temple

The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva is part of famous Panch Kedars. This is the fourth temple to be visited in the Panch Kedar Pilgrimage circuit; the other temples being Kedarnath, Tungnath, Rudranath and Kalpeshwar. There are two other smaller shrines, one for Shiva's consort Parvati and the other dedicated to the Ardhanarishwara.

The middle (madhya) or navel of the bull, considered a divine form of Shiva, is worshipped at this temple.  Bhima, the second Pandava brother is believed to have built this temple and worshipped Shiva here. To the right of the main temple there is a small temple where the marble image of Saraswati is installed in the sanctum.

Opening Date of Madmaheshwar Temple Kapat 2018

The gates of Madhyamaheshwar is to be opened on 21 May 2018 (for six months) and currently they are closed because of winter session. Stay tuned our website for 2018 Madmaheshwar temple closing dates.

Madmaheshwar Temple closing date 2018 : 

The closing date of Madmaheshwar temple will be update soon. Once temple is closed for winters, Omkareshwar temple at Ukhimath becomes the winter seat of Madhyamaheshwar temple.

Activities in Madmaheshwar

Pilgrimage: Madhyamaheshwar is one of the most revered Hindu shrines and large number of pilgrims partakes in arduous pilgrimage every year to seek blessings of Lord Shiva. The shrine sleeps under a thick blanket of snow during winters. 

Trekking: Being one of the Panch Kedar, Madmaheshwar temple is located 16 km from Ransi village with Ukhimath being the nearest town with road connectivity. Thus, one has to trek more than 16 kms to the Madhyamaheshwar shrine making it a wonderful trekking experience.  

Camping: Since there is no accommodation at Madhyamaheshwar, trekkers and pilgrims set up tents near at Madhyamaheshwar and enjoy the natural beauty that envelops the hamlet.

Staying in Madmaheshwar

Home stay accommodation options are available at Madmaheshwar. Don't expect any luxury at Madhmaheshwar, but the rooms are clean and the people are helpful. The homemade food is hygienic and fresh. Accommodation options are also available at various places during the trek like Ransi, Gaundar, Bantoli, etc.

You can also stay in Ukhimath and with an extra day in hand you can cover Chopta and Tungnath as well. You can stay at Mayadeep hotel in Chopta.

Mythology of Madmaheshwar

Madhmaheshwar is the second temple in the series of holy Panch Kedar, first one being Kedarnath. After killing their cousins at the war, Pandavas started their journey to visit Lord Shiva to wash their sins. Lord Shiva wanted to avoid them as he was deeply incensed by the death and dishonesty at the Kurukshetra war. Therefore, he disguised in the form of a bull (Nandi) and disappeared into the ground with different parts of the body appearing at various places. Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of navel - shaped lingum in Madhmaheshwar.

Nearby Trekking Destination from Madhmaheshwar

While travelling to Madmaheshwar, you can stop by at Ukhimath to visit the Omkareshwar Temple of Lord Shiva. Do visit Budha Madhyamaheshwar situated 2 kms from Madhmaheshwar. If you are trekking enthusiast then you can also visit Kanchani Tal situated at a distance of 6 kms from Madhmaheshwar. Trek to Kanchani Tal is graded difficult.

You can also extent your trekking expedition to Nandikund and Pandusera as well.

  • The temple remains closed from November to April.
  • Please check the opening and closing dates if you planning to visit temple and offer prayers.
  • One can also find mules and porters for hire; especially during the peak season if one has difficultly trekking or carrying the luggage. 
  • When travelling in monsoons, check with local authorities, tour guides or tour operators about the weather and road conditions before you actually start your journey.
  • Madmaheshwar Temple Timing: 6 AM to 9 PM

What is Madmaheshwar famous for?

Madmaheshwar is famous among tourist as Temple, Panch Kedar, Trekking.

Madmaheshwar is recommended destination for Foreigners, Groups, Solo.

Madmaheshwar is popular destination for following activities/ interests - Adventure, Meadows, OffBeat, Panch Kedar, Pilgrimage, Shiva Temples , Temples, Trekking.

Location of Madmaheshwar on Google Map

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