Kartik Swami Temple – Dedicated to the Elder Son of Lord Shiva

The Royal Enfield Thunderbird Twinspark motorbike was parked. We immediately started trekking. Almost empty trek surrounded by dense jungle but yes, birds present.

3:30 pm we reached Kartik Swami temple.

It was a cloudy day but still behind/around the temple one can watch snow capped Chaukhamba, Tungnath, Bedini Bugyal.

History of Kartik Swami temple as narrated by priest Nand Puri ji –

Once Lord Shiva told his sons Ganesha and Kartikeya whoever reach first after taking a round of Universe will receive blessings to be worship first by devotees. As Ganesha was unable to do so because of the mouse his vehicle, he used his intelligence and took a round of his mother Parvati and father Shiva as he considers them as Universe and had blessings to worship first by devotees. When Kartikeya returned and heard about blessings and the reason for the same he was angry. He scarified his flesh and bones. In this temple bones of Kartikeya is as an idol worship by devotees.

Kartik (also known as Kartikeya) Swami temple is situated at Krounch Parvat (mountain). Krounch was a senapati (commander) with demon Tarakasur army. Kartikeya was born to kill Tarakasur. When Tarakasur was killed Krounch surrender.

Jeth Maas (June month) as per Hindu calendar 10 days festival is celebrated at Kartik Swami temple. This year it is starting from 6th of June and will end on 15th June. Last day of the festival 151 devotees wearing white dhoti bring holy water (known as Jal Yatra) from a cave situated approx. 1 km further from temple.

Note: Visitors are advised not to visit the cave due to strenuous trek route.

The construction around temple is of 1836 though the temple is very old situated at an altitude of 3,048 meters. Earlier it was very difficult to reach the temple. Recent years approx. 70+ stairs are made and work still in-progress.

Re: accommodation at Kartik Swami Temple

One may stay at a dharamshala nearby temple having very basic facilities without electricity.

Or,

Mayadeep Holiday Home, Kanak Chauri village – starting point of the Kartik Swami Temple trek.

How to reach Kanak Chauri village (starting point for Kartik Swami temple trek)? – I question because many aren’t traveling by own vehicle.

8 am to 4 pm mini bus is available every one hour from Pipal tree, Rudraprayag town for *Pokhari passing via Kanak Chauri village.

*Pokhari is 15 km approx. further from Kanak Chauri village

Or,

One has to hire a jeep to reach temple which may cost somewhere between Rs. 1500 – 2000 to and fro.

Thank you – said I. Thanks a lot. Donation offered.

As I liked the temple and nature around I decided to re-visit. And I did to watch Sunrise. I started trekking at 4:30 am with a local villager as the trek route was complete dark. Though there were clouds but a glimpse of Sunrise was seen. All I can suggest to blog readers to visit Kartik Swami temple at least once specially during Sunrise.

Tapovan, Rishikesh to Kanak Chauri village (starting point Kartik Swami Temple trek) distance is approx. 181 Kms.

Total journey hours from Tapovan, Rishikesh to Kanak Chauri village (starting point Kartik Swami Temple trek) by Royal Enfield Thunderbird Twinspark motorbike was 7 hours and one hour trek.

Road condition almost fine excepts at few landslide locations. For example few km after crossing Srinagar.

Rishikesh to Kartik Swami Temple Directions, Distance & Travel/Journey Time

We started our journey from Tapovan, Rishikesh by Royal Enfield Thunderbird Twinspark 350 motorbike.

7:15 am Tapovan, Rishikesh > 7:36 am Shivpuri (16 km)

At Shivpuri stop for Rs. 500 petrol for motorbike (Rs. 74.72 per litre).

Shivpuri > 9:00 am Teen Dhara (45 km)

Teen Dhara for delicious Aaloo Parathas (five we had) along with tea as breakfast. Rs. 90 I paid.

Teen Dhara > 9:55 am Devprayag (9 km)

Devprayag > 11:40 am Dhari Devi Temple (53 km)

Weather was too hot. We had a halt for Limca (Rs. 18/-).

Dhari Devi Temple > 12:40 Noon Rudraprayag (20 km)

At Rudrapayag we turn left to cross iron bridge over Alaknanda River and immediate right turn towards Pokhari.

Rudraprayag > 2:15 pm Kanak Chauri village (38 km)

Rudraprayag to Kanak Chauri village beautiful drive via Hamlets, far visible snow capped mountains, Burans and Kafal trees.

Rudraprayag to Kanak Chauri village (starting point of Kartik Swami Temple trek) is 38 km and 2.5 km easy trek to reach Kartik Swami temple.

Tapovan, Rishikesh to Kanak Chauri Village (starting point of Kartik Swami Temple trek) distance is 181 Kms approx.

Tapovan, Rishikesh to Kanak Chauri Village (starting point of Kartik Swami Temple trek) travel/journey time – approx. 7 hours.

Trekking Path to Kartik Swami Temple

Kanak Chauri village (starting point for Kartik Swami temple trek) is approx. 38 km from Rudraprayag Town. After reaching village one has to trek approx. 2 km via dense jungle to reach temple situated at an altitude of 3048 meters.

Twice I did trekking. One during evening hours and second time early 4:30 am to watch sunrise.

Trekking time depends upon ones fitness level  – 40 minutes to one hour approx.

Menu and Rates of a Dhaba at Teen Dhara near Devprayag

This photo was taken at Teen Dhara in Uttarakhand.

Teen Dhara‘ (three small natural water springs) few kms before Devprayag town is the first stoppage for most of the private/hired vehicles owners/drivers (driving from Haridwar/Rishikesh) to have breakfast or lunch. We too stop Royal Enfield Thunderbird Twinspark motorbike to have breakfast and request was for most famous menu item – Aaloo Paratha.

Thali was served with two Aaloo Parathas, Kabuli Chana, Raita and Achar. We had 5 Aaloo Parathas, 1 Sada Paratha and 2 Tea. Hot, quick service and delicious it was.

Rs. 90 I paid. Will stop again for sure.