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Tapkeshwar Temple
About Tapkeshwar Temple

The Tapkeshwar Temple in Dehradun is an ancient place of worship. It is situated on the bank of a river that adds to the beauty of the holy place. The Tapkeshwar Temple is about 6 kms from the city center. The Tapkeshwar Temple is a cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Tapkeshwar is a famous cave temple in Dehradun. It is placed in the banks of a rivulet, this temple turned out to be one among the busiest pilgrim centers in the hilly resort. It is located in the Garhi Cantonment area, this temple is an important tourist destination of the hill city. The Tapkeshwar Temple of Dehradun is linked to the city with well maintained roads and witnesses thousands of tourists visiting the temple to pay their obeisance to the deity.

Tapkeshwar temple is one of the main abode of lord Shiva and is situated in beautiful valley of Dehradun. This temple is situated near a river in the Garhi Cantt region of Dehradun. Devotees can get a glimpse of lord Shiva in the form of Shivlinga in the cave present in the temple. A drop of water always drips on this Shivalinga from rocks at the place where this Shivalinga is placed. This place is known as Tapkeshwar because of this miracle.

One of the oldest Shiva lings is in the cave nearby where the river enters and water drops drip down on the Shiva ling. The small cave with this wonderful scenery is said to be once resided by Dronacharya- the teacher of Pandavas and Kauravas in Hindu holy epic Mahabharata written by Ved Vyas. The cave is named Drona Cave after his name.

The Tapkeshwar Temple in Dehradun is also known as the 'Guchhu Pani' and the devotee has to walk the last 1 kilometer. The cave near Tapkeshwar Temple in Dehradun is a picnic spot surrounded by hills. A large festival is held on Shivratri day around the Tapkeshwar Temple in Dehradun. People in large numbers participate in the fair organized on the occasion of Shivratri and pay their obeisance to the deity every year.

The Dehradun Tapkeshwar Temple is a significant temple of the capital city and set on the bank of a seasonal river in a damp cave. This river enters the cave temple where the water drips from the ceiling on a Shiv Linga. The Tapkeshwar Temple in Dehradun derives its name 'Tapakeswar' from the natural dripping of the water drops over the shrine from the rocks of the cave. Then the water vanishes underground only to reappear after a few yards in the form of stream. Cool sulphur springs around the temple make it an amazing bathing spot for pilgrims.

The river pierce in to the cave and the water droplets dribble from the rocks on the Shiv Linga presents an amazing scene, which gives an ethereal feeling. The Tapkeshwar Temple in Dehradun gains its name 'Tapakeswar' from this natural dribbling of river water over the deity from the ceilings of the cavern. Cool sulphur springs around the temple with remedial value make it a superb dipping spot for pilgrims.

This cave temple is also known as the 'Guchhu Pani', which can be reached only after the long walking of more than a kilometer. The serenity surrounds the temple sooths the irritating voyage and the simple Darshan itself make the devotee spell bound. Legend says that it was from this cave that Lord Shiva poured milk to Ashwathama, the son of Dronacharya. This picture book site is to be visited during the time of Shivaratri, when large gathering crowd here participate in the holy matrimony of Shiva and Parvathi.

Legend of Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple

When Dronacharya’s wife Kalyani gave birth to Aswosthama, the couple had a problem to feed him because milk didn’t produce in Kalyani’s breast. Dronacharya could not afford to buy cow or cow milk for his son. Young Aswosthama was a clever child to know his parent’s problem and prayed to lord Shiva for milk. Happy with child Aswosthama’s prayer, lord Shiva provided him with milk drops which dripped on the Shiva ling in Drona Cave – the cave where Dronacharya and his family resided. Thus Aswosthama’s hunger and desire was fulfilled. Today, we can see the enchanting scene of water drops silently dripping down to the Shiva ling. Tapak means to drip, thus the name Tapkeshwar meaning that drips.

Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple Tourism

Tourists in Dehradun visit Tapkeshwar Mahadev temple. Tapkeshwar Mahadev temple is the nearest widely popular pilgrimage in Dehradun. The beautiful temple of lord Shiva was founded in between the two hills , it attracts hundreds of tourists from and around Dehradun every month. Tourists from and around Uttrakhand state pay visit to Tapkeshwar Mahadev temple for its religious significance and adventurers go to see the water drops dripping in the Shiva ling in Drona cave. The water that drops down vanishes underground and can be seen only few yards away in the form of a stream. In Tapkeshwar Mahadev temple, cool sulphur-water springs where devoted pilgrims take bath before entering the temple.

Every year on Shivratri, large festival is held at Tapkeshwar Mahadev temple where huge mass gather to celebrate the fair. Tapkeshwar Mahadev temple is also known as Guchhu Pani and is easily reachable sacred shrine where tourists do not forget to visit in Dehradun. Drona Cave, surrounded by beautiful hills, is usually covered with picnickers from Dehradun and nearby districts.

Tapkeshwar Temple Story

This land is the abode of lord Mahadev and hence is a significant place for devotees and pilgrims. The temple is situated on this holy land and due to its traditional form, it has won many hearts. There are many mythological stories associated with this Shivlinga. According to these, it is the land of worship of Guru Dronacharya. There are many tales which tell us that the Shivlinga present here was established by Guru Dronacharya.

It is beloieved that when Guru Dronacharya came to this place during his journey of India, he met a sage and he expressed his thoughts to the sage after greeting him. The sage then promised him that all his wishes will be granted. Dronchacharya expressed his wish to get a glimpse of lord Shiva. At this, the sage suggested him to go towards Rishikesh.

He told him that he will be able to get a glimpse of the Shivlinga at the bank of a river near this place. As told by the sage, Dronacharya went to that cave from Rishikesh and immersed himself in the meditation of lord Shiva. Thrilled by the devotion of Guru Drone, lord Shiva told him to ask for a boon. Dronacharya then asked for the knowledge of archery and lord Shiva granted him his wish. He also blessed a son to his wife Kripi.

A son of Dronacharya took birth due to the blessings of the lord and he named him Ashvatthama. But the mother Kripi was not able to feed the child. Guru Drona went to king Drupada to get a cow to fetch the milk for the infant. But, king Drupada denied him to give the cow. Dejected Guru Drona, when came to the child, tried to console him and told him that all the cows were with lord Shiva and he would get the milk by his blessings.

The child then decided to worship lord Shiva with utter determination. Lord Shiva was pleased at the worship of the child. He disguised himself and appeared in front of the child. He tried to know the wish of the child. The child told his wish to lord Shiva in disguise but after listening to the child lord Shiva disappeared. The child started crying at this and few drops of his tears fell on Shivlinga because of which the Shivalinga was coronated. Lord Shiva melted at this.

It is because of his blessings, a stream of milk started flowing every month on Poornima. This stream offered milk to the Shivlinga first and then the child got the milk. Since then, this Shivlinga is known as Dughdeshwar Mahadev. But in the course of time, a stream of water started flowing from a rock at this place. Since drops of water continually drip here, this place is presently known as Tapkeshwar Mahadev . Devotees in large numbers come to this holy place on the occasion of Shivratri to get a glimpse of lord Shiva and they offer water to the Shivlinga.

Tapkeshwar Temple Significance

Tapkeshwar temple is an ancient temple which is of great mythological importance. The Shivlinga present here which is said to have appeared on its own, is popularly known as Tapkeshawar Mahadev. It is a prominent place for all the devotees of Lord Shiva. Various festivities are organised in the temple and people from far off places come to take part in it. Every month on Triyodashi, Tapkeshawar Mahadev is decorated with Rudraksha and people come to get a glimpse of it.

This occasion is celebrated with great pomp and show. Along with this, a procession is organised in the month of Shravan. Thousands of devotees take part in this and get their all wishes granted after offering water to lord Shiva.

How to Reach Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple

By Rail
Dehradun is a major railway station which is connected to all cities in the country. The major cities like Delhi (Mussoorie Exp), Kolkata (Doon Exp), Varanasi (Ghy Rajdhani), Mumbai (Dehradun Exp) and Indore (Ddn Indb Exp) are connected by express trains and super fast trains.

By Air
Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is a domestic airport located about 20 km away from city center. Taxi cabs are available from airport to city, which cost about Rs 400. The airport operates daily flights to Delhi. Nearest International airport is Delhi, which is about 235 km away and is well connected to cities like London, New York, Paris, Singapore etc.

By Road
All nearby cities are connected to Dehradun by State owned Uttarakhand transport buses. It also connects Kashmere Gate in New Delhi with Dehradun. There are overnight deluxe A/C bus services of Uttarakhand Tourism from New Delhi to Dehradun. A distance of 235 km from Delhi to Dehradun costs about Rs 900 by deluxe bus. Buses can also be hired from Shimla (Rs 1,000) and Chandigarh (Rs 600).

Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple is about 31 Km from Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun, 10 Km from ISBT Dehradun and 8 Km from Govindnagar Railway Station Deharadun. One can get taxi at the airport, taxi, City Bus or three wheeler nearby the ISBT or Railway Station from where one can reach Tapkeshwar.


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