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Madhyamaheshwar in Garhwal region is a holy town on the foothills of the snow covered peaks of the Great Himalayas. The destination is situated at an altitude of 3,265 metres above sea level in the state of Uttarakhand. Located in the Rudraprayag District, the history of the region dates back to the Arya race.

Madhyamaheshwar finds its mention in the Vedas, Ramayana and Mahabharata. As per historians, the land was ruled by the Khasa, Kshatriya and the rulers of Panwar Dynasty. Featuring a holy temple of Lord Shiva, Madhyamaheshwar is a beautiful place among the Panch Kedars. The shrine is situated at an altitude of 10,400 feet above sea level, at a distance of 25 km from Guptkashi.

Like other pilgrim centres, Madhyamaheshwar is associated with a legend of war between the Pandavas and Kauravas. In order to absolve from the sin of Gotra Hatya, the Pandavas decided to pay reverence to Lord Shiva, who concealed himself as a bull.

It is believed that Shiva’s stomach appeared at this site therefore, the navel-shaped Shivalinga of black stone is enshrined in the sanctum along with the smaller shrine of Goddess Parvati. One of the most sacred temples of Lord Shiva is visited by travellers during summer months. During winters, the residing deity is shifted to Ukhimath for worship as per tradition.

Travellers can enjoy the culture of Madhyamaheshwar by participating in its folk dance, music and festivals. Thadiya dance along with folk dances like Jeetu Bhagdawal and Jagar or Ghariyali are performed during festivals and fairs.

Ram Navami, Nag Panchmi, Diwali and Makar Sankranti are some of the prominent festivals celebrated in the region. Many fairs are held in the destination including Nautha, Nanda Devi, Dattatreya Pooranmasi, Nagnath and Bishwat Sankranti.

Travellers can reach Madhyamaheshwar through air, rail and road transport. The nearest airport to Madhyamaheshwar is Jolly Grant Airport of Dehradun, whereas Rishikesh Railway Junction is the closest railhead to the pilgrim centre. Buses are available from Dehradun, Haridwar, Rishikesh and Tehri to Madhyamaheshwar.

The weather in the destination is cool and pleasant throughout the year; however, the best time to visit Madhyamaheshwar is during the months of May to October.

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