Bairaskund Temple: Ravana Meditated Here to Appease Mahadev
Where is Bairaskund Temple Located?
Bairaskund Temple is a Shiva temple in Vikasnagar Ghat, Chamoli District of Uttarakhand. The temple lies at a distance of 25.8 Km from Nandaprayag (On the national highway 07, en route to Badrinath Temple.)
On visiting the Bairaskund Village, you will find many other temples; however, the most famous is the temple of Mahadev.
History of Bairaskund Temple
The bairasksund temple has been mentioned in the Ravan Samhita and other Hindu religious texts. It is believed to be where Ravana underwent severe austerities to please Lord Shiva.
According to the Hindu Mythology, despite all the efforts, when lord shiva did not appear in front of Ravan, he performed Shiva Tandav and sacrificed his ten heads to the Mahadev. The place where Ravan kept his heads is known as Dasmoli.
Things to know about the Bairaskund Temple
- Bairaskund temple has a pool in front and several others in the vicinity.
- Every morning, prayers start around 4 am, and the temple priest, Nepali Maharaj, offers water and prayers to Lord Shiva, which continue till noon.
- The temple committee organises various ceremonies and a religious fair during Maha Shivaratri.
- The Hindu month of Sawan is quite popular here as devotees from different parts of the world visit the Temple to offer water to Lord Shiva and worship him.
How to Reach Bairaskund Temple?
The best place to start your journey for Bairaskund is Rishikesh. From Rishikesh, you have to follow the national highway 7 to Nandaprayag, from where the route to Bairaskund diverts.
Taxis and buses are readily available from Dehradun, Rishikesh, and Delhi to Nandaprayag. From Nandaprayag, you will need to book a cab or board a shared taxi to Vikasnagar Ghat-Kandal Pull and reach Bairaskund Mahadev.
You can also drive there if you own a vehicle.
Jolly Grant Airport in Rishikesh is the nearest airport (229 KM) to the Bairaskund Mahadev temple. It is a domestic airport located 25 km away from Dehradun. You will easily find taxis from Jolly Grant Airport to Nandaprayag.
Rishikesh Railway Station is the nearest railway station (212 KM) to reach Bairaskund Mahadev Temple. Buses and taxis are readily available from Rishikesh to Nandaprayag. You can hire a taxi or use local transport to get to Bairaskund Mahadev Temple from Nandprayag.
Best time to visit Bairaskund Mahadev Temple
You can visit the Bairaskund Mahadev Temple round the year; however, the best time to go is from February to March because you can experience the festival of Navratri and Maha Shivratri.
You can also visit the temple during Sawan Shivratri, which is considered an auspicious time to visit the temple.
Major Cities/Towns Near the Bairaskund Temple
|City/Town||Distance From Bairaskund|
Source: Google Maps
Places to see Near Bairaskund Temple
|Location||Distance From Bairaskund|
|Rudranath Temple||62.6 KM|
|Tungnath Temple||75.1 KM|
|Kalpeshwar Temple||77 KM|
|Badrinath Temple||127.5 KM|
Source: Google Maps