Kartik Swami Temple, Uttarakhand

The Kartik Swami temple is located near a small Himalayan town named Kanak Chaurithat which comes on the route of Rudraprayag-Pokhari. The Kartik Swami temple is predominantly well known for its exquisite trekking experience. dedicated to Lord Kartikeya, it is a temple amidst mystic ambience and a mesmerizing view of the Himalaya. This holy temple is hanging on a hilltop at a height of 3050 meter and visitors has to trek 3 kilometer uphill from the Kanak Chauri village. This holy temple of Garhwal Himalayas has a strong historical value. According to the Hindu Theology, being defeated by Lord Ganesha in a challenge, the Lord Kartikeya disclosed his rage and sacrificed his body and bones to the Lord Shiva on veneration. Thus, the idol of Lord Kartikeya depicts the bones and pilgrims worship him.

The 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 in the Indian 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 major festivals celebrated in Kartik Swami temple, the "Kartik Poornima" which held in the month of November and other one is 11 Days "Kalash Yatra" In the month of June.

Apart from being one of the major tourist attractions of Uttarakhand, Kartik Swami Temple is also popular for offering the splendid sunrise and sunset views. The one, who wants to explore this place on a spiritual level, should not miss the divine evening prayers, mantra chants and mahabhandaras by any chance.


Kartik Swami Temple open at 06:00 AM to 08:00 PM


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.


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.

Best Time to Visit

October to June

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Anita Rawat
13 August 2022

Is it safe to visit there now, in August?