Madmaheshwar - Abode of Lord Shiva

Madhmaheshwar is mystically covered by the snow-capped Himalayas on the right side, lush green alpine meadows on the left side and dense forest act as its backdrop.

The shepherd huts, village houses, thousands of years old Madmaheshwar temple and picturesque views complete this town. The temple architecture is a classic north Indian style.

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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. 

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 worshiped at this temple. Bhima, the second Pandava brother is believed to have built this temple and worshiped 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.

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.

Opening Date of Madmaheshwar Temple Kapat 2020

The opening and closing dates of Madmaheshwar Temple will be announced soon.

Previous Years Opening and Closing Dates

The opening dates of Madmaheshwar temple for 2019 were the 21st of May. At 11:20 am on the 21st of May, the gates of Madhyamaheshwar temple has been opened for pilgrims for this 2019-2020 Yatra season. Here is the stepwise step guide of the Gate opening process of Madhyamaheshwar temple.

  • The Doli of lord Madhyamaheshwar has started its journey on the 19th of May from Omkareshwar temple of Ukhimath.
  • The first stop of the Yatra was Rakeshwari temple at Rasi where Doli performed the traditional rituals  on 20th of May.
  • It reached at Gondar village on the 20th of May and will be stayed there for a night halt.
  • On 21st of May around 11:20 am, gates were opened by Pujaris following all the rituals.

Madmaheshwar Temple closing date 2019

The closing date of the Madmaheshwar temple is 21 November for 2019. The closing date for the 2019 session of Madmaheshwar temple has been declared on Vijaydashmi.

Activities in Madmaheshwar

PilgrimageMadhyamaheshwar is one of the most revered Hindu shrines and a 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.

Madmaheshwar Travel Tips

  • The temple remains closed from November to April.
  • Please check the opening and closing dates if you planning to visit a temple and offer prayers.
  • One can also find mules and porters for hire; especially during the peak season if one has difficulty trekking or carrying the luggage. 
  • When traveling 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

Staying in Madmaheshwar

Homestay 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 about 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 traveling 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 a 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 extend your trekking expedition to Nandikund and Pandusera as well.

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Pilgrims at Madmaheshwar Temple
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