Tarkeshwar Temple in Lansdowne
Tarkeshwar Temple is located in Lansdowne of Pauri district of Uttarakhand. It is situated at an altitude of 1800 meters above sea level. This is the sacred religious site of the Lansdowne area. There are also some small waterfalls in this place, which further enhance the beauty of this place.
This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Thousands of devotees come here on the holy occasion of Shivratri to visit Lord Shiva. Tarkeshwar Temple is surrounded by Cedar and Pine trees from all around. The atmosphere of this place is calm which provide happiness to the body and mind.
There are five such pine trees in the temple premises, which have a natural trident (Trishul). Of these, 4 are all around the temple and one is located behind the temple. There is another temple situated near the main temple, dedicated to Goddess Shakti. A Hawan Kund is also present in this temple complex. Many foreign tourists also came to this temple, they stay here for many days. They come here with the purpose of Meditation and Yoga.
Tarkeshwar Temple is more than 1500 thousand years old. This temple is Kul Devta of more than 84 villages in this area. Special Pooja is organized in this temple twice a year, in which a new crop is offered to the Lord by the villagers.
Uttarakhand Tarkeshwar Temple History
Tarkeshwar was a Siddha saint, he was the form of Shiva and it was revealed by the divine dimension of Lord Shiva. In the state of variance, if a man was seen doing wrong, he was thrusting him loudly.
According to the priest of the temple, the place where Lord Tarkeshwar lived, people of a caste used to live in that place (we are not revealing that caste here.). At that time they were considered as the moneylender. They used to exploit humans and animals in everything. Lord Tarkeshwar was against it. When Lord Tarkeshwar opposed it, the people of that caste challenged Lord Tarkeshwar to fight.
During the combat, Tarkeshwar was defeated by the people of that caste by fraud. After that Lord Tarkeshwar came to this place and worshiped Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva was pleased with his worship and gave him a boon.
After receiving the blessing of Lord Shiva Lord Tarkeshwar cursed the people of that caste. That is why the people of that caste do not come in Tarkeshwar Temple. It is believed that if a person of that caste comes to this temple, then there is a possibility of an accident with his/her or his/her family.
Tarkeshwar Temple Timing and the Best time to visit
During summers the opening and closing time of temple is 5 AM – 7 PM
During winters the opening and closing time of temple is 6:30 AM- 5 PM
Best time to visit Tarkeshwar Dham is in the month of March to August.
Things to keep in mind
- Do not use polythene or plastic in temple premises.
- Do not offer Dakshina to the temple employee.
- Keep the area clean.
- Wear clean clothes while visiting the Lord.
How to reach Tarkeshwar Temple
How to reach Tarkeshwar Temple By Air
The nearest airport from Tarkeshwar Temple is jolly grant airport which is 180 km away. Jet Airways and Air India Daily flights are available from Delhi to Dehradun.
How to reach Tarkeshwar Temple by train
The nearest railway station from Tarkeshwar Temple is Kotdwar railway station which is 70 km away.
Mussoorie Express and Garhwal express run daily from Old Delhi to Kotdwar and Kotdwar to Old Delhi.
Mussoorie Express Timing
Departure from Delhi – 10 p.m, Arrive at Kotdwar – 6 a.m.
Departure from Kotdwar – 9:50 P.m, Arrive at old Delhi – 7:40 am
Departure from Delhi – 7:20 AM, Arrive : 2:15 pm
Departure from Kotdwara – 3:15 Pm, Arrive at Delhi : 10:20 pm
How to reach Tarkeshwar Temple By road
The distance between Delhi to Tarkeshwar Dham is 281 km. If the travelers are traveling by their own vehicle they can use GPS. From ISBT Delhi traveler can take the bus to Kotdwar or Lansdowne after reaching there they can hire a taxi to reach Tarkeshwar temple. If the travelers are traveling from Dehradun they can take the taxi from Rispana bridge to Kotdwar after reaching Kotdwar they can hire a taxi or travel through public transport.