Neelkantha Temple

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Neelkantha Temple

Sariska is not bereft of temples and Neelkantha Temple is yet another shrine that deserves a special mention. The Neelkantha or the Blue Throat temple of Lord Shiva is located in the vicinity of Tehla which is famous for being home to the ruins of more than 300 Hindu & Jain temples. The only downside is that the approach road to the temple is very desolate and the last few km is very steep as it is a winding track on the Aravalli mountains.

The temple is one of the most revered holy shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva and is a prominent Hindu pilgrimage site. It is surrounded by dense forests and is adjacent to the mountain ranges of Nar-Narayan. It is enveloped between the valleys of Manikoot, Brahmakoot, and Vishnukoot and is located at the confluence of the rivers Pankaja and Madhumati.

According to Hindu mythology, the place where the Neelkanth Mahadev Temple currently stands is the sacred location where Lord Shiva consumed the poison that originated from the sea when Devas (Gods) and Asuras (Demons) churned the ocean in order to obtain Amrita. This poison that emanated during the Samudramanthan (churning of the ocean) made his throat blue in color. Thus, Lord Shiva is also known as Neelkanth, literally meaning The Blue Throated One.

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