Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple in Lansdowne

Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple in Lansdowne


Tarkeshwar Temple Lansdowne is snuggled at an altitude of 1,800 m above the mean sea level and situated in the village of Pauri Garhwal. Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple is encompassed by Deodar trees and offers the serenity to the visitors. This is among the famous tourist attractions in Lansdowne. The Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple Lansdowne is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is a paradise for nature lovers. It is a perfect place for those who wish to spend some time in tranquility. This temple is one of the Siddha Peetha of Lord Shiva. 

Legends and Mythologies

According to the legends, the demon named Tarkasur meditated and worshipped Lord Shiva here for the boon. Due to his immense devotion, Lord Shiva gave him a boon of immortality with a condition that only Lord Shiva’s son could kill him. With the thought that Lord Shiva follows Vairagya and will not marry ever, the Tarkasur started evil by killing the saints and the sages went to Lord Shiva to ask help. Lord Shiva married Goddess Parvati and blessed with a son named Kartikeya. 

Lord Kartikeya killed the demon Tarkasur but at the time of death, Tarkasur asks for a pardon from Lord Shiva. Then Mahadev attached his name with the Tarkasur and gave the name to that place where Tarkasur worshipped Lord Shiva as Tarkeshwar Mahadev. Lord Shiva idol is present there in the form of performing Tandav. Earlier there was a Shivling there but later on, the idol found at the same place. The temple also comprises an Ashram and Dharamshala in the premises. With the prior information, people can stay there and they also serve food.


Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple is perched at an altitude of 1,800 m above the sea level. This temple is situated near the Lansdowne and it takes 2 hours to reach there from the city. One can easily get a cab or taxi from the city for the temple.

How to Reach

Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple has situated 38 km from the Lansdowne. The nearest airport from here is the Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun which is located at a distance of 177 km and the Kotdwara Railway Station is the nearest railway station with a distance of 70 km from the temple. The temple is well connected with the city and is easily accessible by taxi or cab.

Best time to visit

Maha Shivratri is celebrated with great zeal and vigor here. It is one of the most revered and celebrated festivals in this temple. During this festival, the temple has thrived with a large number of devotees. The best time to visit the temple is during the winter season. The summer season is also a good time to visit as the weather here remains pleasant and comfortable. In winters, the weather remains chilly but the days are comfortable to explore the nearby areas and to visit the temple.


Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple, Lansdowne Timings: 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple Lansdowne Entry Fees: Nil

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