Kartik Swami, Uttarakhand

Kartik Swami Is a Temple Dedicated To God Kartikeya, Elder Son Of Lord Shiva And Is Positioned At A High Altitude Amidst The Serene Beauty Of Himalayas In The Gaharwal Region. The temple of Kartik Swami is one of its kinds in the whole of northern India, with the view of snow covered Himalayas one gets to have from such height being indescribable. This sort of sight is very rare to come across. Visit Kartik Swami for peaceful environment and natural beauty. The sunrise and sunset are pretty amazing.

As per the Mythology, Lord Kartik was the eldest son of Lord Shiva & Parvati & Lord Ganesha was junior to Lord Kartik. Once Lord Shiva told his sons that between them who will be the first to move round the universe, he will be worshiped first. Kartik obeyed his father & moved with his carrier to complete the job. In the meantime Ganesha took seven rounds around Shiva & Parvati saying he sees the whole universe in his parents, in Shiva & Parvati. Shiva was amazed at Ganesha’s wisdom & so Shiva honoured him & since then he is being worshiped first before any one. In the meantime Kartik came back & heard this & being despaired he sacrificed his life, the flesh to mother Parvati & bones to Shiva. Here is the spot where Kartik sacrificed himself. So the idol of Kartik depicts the bones here & pilgrims worshiped him.

Kartik Swami Is Considered As “God For War And Victory” And Is Known As Kartikeya In Bengal, Murugan Swami In Tamil Nadu, Subramanya In Andhra Pradesh And Karnataka States. The temple encompasses an idol of Lord Kartik Swami carved on a marble rock. The main attraction of Kartik Swami is the mighty Chaukhamba peak which appears in the temple background.

The two Festivals Celebrated In Kartik Swami is "Kartik Poornima" In The Month Of November And Other Is 11 Days "Kalash Yatra" In The Month Of June.

Kartik Swami Is Also Famous For Its Trekking Path That Leads To Dense Forest And Goes Through Ridges Where Travelers Get A Chance To explore amazing natural beauty. The trek route offer splendid views of the valleys and mountains in various places. Blooming Rhododendron flowers (Burans) in The Month Of March to April.

Accessibility: The temple can be reached by a 3 km long trek starting from Kanakchauri which is a 40 km drive from Rudrapayag, the closest town. 175 kms from Rishikesh, Rudrapayag is 200 kms from Hardwar, 225 kms from Dehradun,405 kms from delhi, the nearest railhead and 230 kms from the nearest airport.

Accommodation: There are a couples of places to stay in and around Kanakchauri. Budget guesthouses and village home stays are available at Kanak Chauri.


Kartik Swami is a small temple on a hill with astounding views of the snow-capped Himalayas


Kartik Swami Temple open at 6:00 AM to 8:30 PM

Best Time to Visit

Oct to June

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