Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple, near Gundalkhet village, Pauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand

Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple (near Gundalkhet village), Pauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand

Yes, I am at Lansdowne. Cool, Clean and Green. Beautiful in-short. Tarkeshwar Mahadev temple approx. 38 km from Lansdowne and a thought to visit.  A thought – visit by Royal Enfield Thunderbird Twinspark/hire a taxi/a sharing jeep?

Rajesh Dhyani, editor, Jagrook Uttaranchal was consulted as he stays at Sadar Bazaar.

There is no regular sharing jeep available from Lansdowne for Tarkeshwar Mahadev temple. Only a single sharing jeep is present at afternoon hours for Tarkeshwar. Cost Rs. 50 per person.

The jeep runs at 2:30 afternoon hours from Lansdowne. The jeep will drop you at Gundalkhet village to walk 1-2 km to reach temple. Only next morning between 7:30 – 8:00 the jeep return to Lansdowne from Gundalkhet village. That is why hire taxi to and fro. If not, visit with own vehicle.

But I saw display-board for Tarkeshwar somewhere down the hills. Few jeep were present too – I inquire.

That is Derakhal – 5 km from Lansdowne. One toll-tax barrier (chungi) is there – correct?

Yes, Yes – said I.

But again sharing jeep will drop you 5 km before the temple and walk the only option.

Ok – said I. Taxi preferable. I drop the idea of visiting by motorbike.

What would be the charges for taxi to and fro for the temple?

Rs. 1000 – said he but for you Rs. 800.

He said he will arrange the taxi. Thankyou said I.

Tomorrow afternoon, is that Ok? – Ok said He.

Next day afternoon hours Sonu Rawat was present with white color Indica and we towards the destination – Tarkeshwar Mahadev.

The road towards Tarkeshwar is zigzag but good in-condition. Scenery all around enough to mesmerized. Sonu is attentive while driving 30-35 kmph maybe the speed I guess.

One hour of spellbound journey finally I at Tarkeshwar Mahadev temple. Only three other private cars were present. Less people for sure. I am sure Tarkeshwar is little above or almost same somewhere around 5,000 feet elevation. The display-board talking about those people destroying, harming Devdar trees (Himalayan Cedar), leaves, bark. Not to do so – a notice. Here trees are worship. Save Trees – for public welfare

Appreciated and I walk further. The more I was walking the more I was surrounded by Devdar trees. The atmosphere different. Trying to believe where I am. Unbelievable but it is true I am at this location. Prayers!!!

After prayers I requested Shri Sandeep ji – The priest to narrate the story associated with the temple.

Discovered 600 years back. Tarakasur demon meditated at this location and worship Lord Shiva. As per his immense devotion Lord Shiva appear. Tarakasur ask for a boon to be immortal and if killed only by the son of Lord Shiva. The boon was granted.

Tarakasur started killing saints, sages and destroyed the peace all around. Lord Shiva was once again approached by sages and a request to stop Tarakasur from evil.

Lord Shiva married Parwati – daughter of Himalayas. Kartikeya was born.

The day Tarakasur knew about Kartikeya – The son of Lord Shiva he had intuition his days are numbered and his death is for sure. He immediately went to Lord Shiva and ask for pardon. Lord said your end is for sure by Kartikeya but yes, as you are a true devotee you will be remembered in Kalyug along with my name. Your name will be attached with my name and you will remembered too. Thus, Lord Shiva is also known as Tarkeshwar Mahadev.

Tarkeshwar Mahadev temple is siddh peeth of 84 villages Earlier days there was a shivling existing within the temple but is not visible now-a-days. Now-a-days an idol of Lord Shiva performing Tandava is present discovered few years ago at the same location where the shivling was present.

15th May there is a religious fair known as fasal puja. During this day crop are ready but first they are offered to Lord Tarkeshwar Mahadev before selling to market. One more religious fair is organized in the month of October. Other than this during Maha Shivratri huge rush of devotees is seen to offer prayers. A devdar tree present behind the temple deity is a must watch. One can see Lord Shiva trishul on top of the same. It is said Lord Shiva is present and is in deep sleep within this location. The bells all around the temple-area is offered by devotees once their wishes are fulfilled. They are in thousands if I am correct.

And I talk about a Dharamshala present within the temple-area.

Yes, it is of Swami Rama – a famous saint.

More prayers and a walk towards the surroundings. I wish I had more time to stay at this location. Maybe next time – said I and towards Dharamshala to know more about the same.

Pt. Titu Bhai (0 – 94583 75526 / 89795 22406) was present. He is the manager of the Dharamshala as well as Ashram. Upon query he said – one can stay but prior information about visit is required. Food is provided by the Ashram.

Swami Maheshwari Das mediated at this ashram for 27 years and was the founder. Swami Anand Bharti, Swami Rama visited this location. It is also said earlier years many sages, saints visited this location for meditation.

I agree. If in the year 2011 this location is so pleasant what it would be years ago – a thought.

Please serve tea – a request from Titu ji.

Tea was served and I read the painted wall clearly saying breakfast, lunch, dinner will be provided but as per Ashram rules.

I with folded hands request for leave as evening hours approaching fast and I have to travel 38 km approx. With memories I started walking towards the parking-area. Have to visit again maybe one night stay for sure. Meditation for sure, Kirtan for sure.