Madhyamaheshwar temple is one of the Panch Kedars dedicated to Lord Shiva and has to be visited fourth in the order. The middle part (navel) of the bull is worshiped here. The journey to the temple makes it very beautiful when you are surrounded by snow capped peaks on one side and lush green meadows on the other side.
The navel shaped Swayambhu (self manifested) shivlinga made up of black stone is worshiped in the sanctum of temple. Water coming out from the temple is believed to be sacred which can be used in holy rituals.
Bhima, the second Pandava has built this temple around 5000 years ago. The temple is situated at an altitude of 11,473 ft from sea level in Rudraprayag district of Garhwal, Uttrakhand in the green valley enriched with flora and fauna. Also, it is surrounded by very popular peaks Chaukhambha, Neelkantha and Kedar. Altogether it has an appealing elegance with high spiritual vibes. All the people from entire village gather to attend evening Aarti at the temple which makes this valley divine.
After worshiping in this temple, pilgrims visit Kalpeshwar temple which is the last to be visited in Panch Kedar circuit.
Trekking to Madhyamaheshwar temple is easy and will give you breath full view of the valley and beautiful snow covered mountain peaks. There is about 16 kms of trek and the tracks are clearly made. This is the place where you can enjoy the journey with nature.
Temple opening and closing time
Temple opening and closing time depends on the Hindi dates. The shrine remains open for pilgrims for about 6 months in year.
It opens for pilgrims on Shubh muhrat of Akshay tritiya around April or May with huge celebrations and gets closed on the occasion of Bhaiya Dooj (Oct- Nov) after Pooja Archana. After that the idol is shifted to Omakareshwar temple, Ukhimath where Lord Shiva is worshiped.
How to reach
First reach Rishikesh and avail bus services till Ukhimath which is 185 kms. From Ukhimath you need to drive till Ransi village which is 30 kms at distance from where the trek begins. If you are unable to come back on same day, then opt to stay in the nearby villages.
Trek distance and other options : 20 kms of trek. There are options for pony and porter also but pony has to be hired in even number. You can reach temple in half day if going by pony. Else it would take 2 days to go and come back at Ransi.
Difficulty level : Easy
Options for stay: There are lot of budget accommodation in the village where you should go for home stay. Enjoy the home made food and great hospitality. Else, set up your tent and get soaked into nature. Its recommended that you stay here for 1 night at least and go for Buda Maheshwar trek which is only 2kms away.
Accommodation options are available in Ransi, Gaundar, Bantoli etc.
Nearby travels : Buda Madhyamaheshwar which is only 2 kms at distance from this place. Do visit Omkareshwar temple in Ukhimath where idols from Kedarnatha and Madhyamaheshwar are kept in winters.
If you have 1 more day in hand, then you can go to Chopta and visit Tungnath temple also.
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The place is famous for Panch Kedar temple, trekking and enriched natural beauty.