All of us have heard about Kedarnath and Badrinath, and most of us have even been to both the pilgrimage. It is always a great idea to visit the temples in Kedarnath and Badrinath, partly because of the adventurous journey that you go through to reach those places and partly because of the spiritual and religious connotations that it offers. While visiting these places, however, we often overlook or ignore another soulful journey into spirituality and self-realization, the destination of which is located right between the two temples. This third pilgrimage is called Madhyamaheshwar and requires you to walk on foot for hours to reach it.
Those of us who have gone to Kedarnath or Badrinath are well aware of the scenic beauty that blesses our eyes throughout the journey. The snow-capped mountains accompanied by valleys that are as deep as the mountains are high, the slow-flowing river, clean blue sky, and occasional snowfall–these are just some of the essential elements of the place that make our journey unforgettable. Madhayamaheshwar has all of it and more. It is situated at an elevation of 3,497 meters, which makes the temple a vantage point for some of the most breathtaking sightseeing experiences. The temple is worshipped as a middle or belly part of the bull, which is considered a divine form of Lord Shiva.
The beauty and charm that the journey to Madhyamaheshwar and the temple itself has to offer must be met with the met with the challenges of reaching there. You are required to reach the place by trekking, as there is no optimum way for vehicle transportation. Once you have made your way through the rocks and ravines, you would be greeted with a quaint temple that is engulfed by lush green meadows and lofty mountains. The place gives off such surreal vibes that you might have trouble believing your senses. Finding yourself in the temple of Madhyamaheshwar by making your way through the hardships will reward you with a dreamlike stance you have never experienced before.
With small villages– comprising of tiny huts, and a rich cultural, Madhyamaheshwar has an essence of the old world; the world of which you only read about in folklore and fantasy novels. To visit the village and see it with your own eyes is such a pleasure that very few delightful things come closer to the experience. Add that to its beautiful backdrop of snow-covered Himalayas, flawless alpine meadows, and thick surrounding forest, and you have yourself a place that can only exist in dreams. This gem of a trekking destination is often forgotten amidst the popularity of Dham pilgrimage around it, Valley of flowers and Hemkund Shahib.
Like all other pilgrimage sites, Madhyamaheshwar has a legend of its own. It is believed that the temple was built by Bhima to pay reverence to Lord Shiva as a chance to absolve the sin of gotra hatya. The temple holds significant values to Hindu community and is visited by hundreds of pilgrims over the year. It takes 24 kilometres of trekking to be able to reach the temple but to treat yourself with visual allure it has to offer, you would probably need the rest of your life. Once you have reached the place, you would find that every step of the whole 24-kilometer trek was worth it. The journey itself offers an experience like never before. As you go through the unwinding paths scrambled through the meadows and woods forests, you tend to get closer to nature as well as your inner self.
Madhyamaheshwar awaits you with its enchanting peaks, fantastic rivers, gorgeous vistas, gushing streams, and tranquillity.