Tapkeshwar Temple is a magnificent Shiva temple in Dehradun.
It is located just 6.5 km from the city centre. This humble cave shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is situated along the banks of a river, giving it a unique and sanctified aura.
But wait, there’s more! The cave itself was once the abode of the famous guru Dronacharya, and hence it is also known as Drona cave. And if that wasn’t enough, there’s a Shiva Linga enshrined in the main complex that is believed to grant wishes to all those who seek Lord Shiva’s blessings.
But the real showstopper is the continuous water droplets that fall from the ceiling onto the Shiva Linga, making it an interesting and spectacular sight to cheer. And don’t forget to take a dip in the cool sulphur water springs before entering the main temple. It’s a refreshing and revitalising experience that you don’t want to miss.
Aside from being an important place of worship, the Tapkeshwar Temple is also a popular destination for young travellers who visit it as a picnic spot. Plus, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can take a short trek through the forest to reach the temple. And if you get hungry on your journey, there are plenty of delicious local street food options available at the nearby stalls.
Now, for the real juicy stuff! Legend has it that Ashwathama, the son of Dhronacharya, was born inside the cave, but his mother didn’t have enough milk to feed him. So, being the wise young lad that he was, he prayed to Lord Shiva for some milk to satiate his hunger. And being the generous God he is, Lord Shiva granted his wish. Since then, a Shiva Linga has been established there that is said to grant the wishes of all those who visit the temple seeking Lord Shiva’s blessings.
And if all that wasn’t enough to pique your interest, the Tapkeshwar Temple is also the land of many miracles. The water droplets that fall on the Shiva Linga vanish from sight and can be seen a few yards away from the temple premises.
And last but not least, one of the best times to visit the Tapkeshwar Temple is during Shivratri, where a large-scale festival is organised to celebrate Lord Shiva’s wedding to Goddess Parvati. It’s a fantastic occasion where pilgrims participate in large numbers, and elaborate prayer services are held amidst holy invocations of ‘Har Har Mahadev.’ And, of course, pilgrims offer Lord Shiva’s favourite eatables to him on the day.
So what are you waiting for? Hop aboard the local bus or hire the local autos called Vikram, and head to the mystical Tapkeshwar Temple for an unforgettable experience.