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Kartikswami Temple Photo Tour – On the Edge of Heaven

by euttarakhand
Sep 01, 2014

A photo tour of Kartikswami Temple

This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva’s son Kartikeya. The region surrounding Kartikswami Temple is abundant in varied natural beauty and the splendid Himalayan range acts as its backdrop.

Kartikswami Temple is located 38 kms from Rudraprayag on Rudraprayag-Pokhri Road. It is situated at an altitude of 3048 mts and can be reached by 3 kms trek from Kanakchauri village.

KartikSwami is also known as Kartik Murugan Swami in South India. Kartik Swami Temple is a highly revered shrine set amidst serene environs and offers magnificent views of the snow-clad Himalayas which fills the heart with awe and delight.

Check out the Complete Photo Tour of Kartikswami Temple from Rudraprayag

Every year a huge festival and holy Yagna is celebrated at the temple for 11 days during first half of June month. During these 11 days, idol of lord Kartik Swami would stay in temple and for rest of the year it stays and worshiped in nearby village named Swanri.

Photo Tour Road Journey Kanakchauri  The Trek  Bhairon Mandir  KartikSwami Temple  Sunset Views  Hotel

Journey from Rudraprayag to Kanakchauri

The drive from Rudraprayag to Kanakchauri is one of the most beautiful drive in Uttarakhand as it passes through culturally rich villages and dense forests overlooking Himalayas.  One has to take the Pokhri Road from Rudraprayag after crossing the bridge on Alaknanda River. The road offers completely unexpected change in scenery after every 5-7 kms.

Route from Rudraprayag: Rudraprayag – Saterakhal – Chopta – Dursasar – Khadpatia – Ghimtoli – Kanakchauri (trek to the temple starts from here) – Kartikswami

You can book taxi or get shared Jeep from Rudraprayag to Kanakchauri, which is the recommended option, as there are very limited bus service from Rudraprayag to Kanakchauri with some specific timings.

Beautiful drive with picturesque scenery

Beautiful drive with picturesque scenery

Chopta on Rudraprayag Pokhri Road

Chopta on Rudraprayag Pokhri Road (do not confuse with Tungnath-Chopta)

Closer view of fields

Closer view of fields

Views on the Rudraprayag-Pokhri Road

On the way there are some other famous shrines to look out for. Nari Devi Temple in Village Nari, tilted at angle of almost 30 degree, and Lord Tungeshwar (or Tungnath) temple in Village Falasi.  The route passes through forest rich in Rhododendron.

Forests and Himalayan Ranges

Forests and Himalayan Ranges

Road from Rudraprayag to Kanakchauri (after 6 kms)

Road from Rudraprayag to Kanakchauri (after 6 kms)

Road towards KartikSwami from Rudraprayag

Road towards KartikSwami from Rudraprayag

Photo Tour Road Journey Kanakchauri  The Trek  Bhairon Mandir  KartikSwami Temple  Sunset Views  Hotel

Kanak Chauri Village

Kanakchauri is a small village and the last roadhead for Kartikswami Temple. It is located on Rudraprayg-Pokhri road, just 40 kms from Rudraprayag. There are few small shops for tea-snacks and one hotel that provides comfortable accommodation and offers breakfast, lunch and dinner as well.

Location of Kanakchauri village and Kartikswami temple

Location of Kanakchauri village and Kartikswami temple

Entry Gate of Kartikswami Temple Trek from village

Entry Gate of Kartikswami Temple Trek from village main road

Kanakchauri Village (on Rudraprayag-Pokhri Road)

Kanakchauri Village (on Rudraprayag-Pokhri Road)

Photo Tour Road Journey Kanakchauri  The Trek  Bhairon Mandir  KartikSwami Temple  Sunset Views  Hotel

Trekking to Kartik Swami

Kartik Swami Temple is easy to reach and this it remains opened throughout the year. Karthik Swami is one of the hidden jewels of Uttarakhand and is not commercialized at all, due to which this place maintains its simplicity and amazes travelers with its serenity.

Views during the Trek

The 3km trail from Kanak Chauri to Kartik Swami Temple passes through thick lush green forest rich in Rhododendron trees. The magnificent views of lower Himalayan valleys and snow-laden peaks are constantly visible during the trek which further inspires us to climb up even after getting tired.The final stairs on a ridge leads to Kartik Swami Temple.

Buransh Rhododendrons as seen during Trek

Buransh Rhododendrons as seen during Trek

Lower Himalayan ranges as seen during the trek

Lower Himalayan ranges as seen during the trek

Humongous Chaukhamba as seen during trek

Humongous Chaukhamba as seen during trek

one of the landscape you will see during trek

one of the landscape you will see during trek

Another picture of Mighty Himalayas

Another picture of Mighty Himalayas

Another view of from the Jungle area during trek

Another view of from the Jungle area during trek

Stairs of Temple and Himalayas

Stairs of Temple and Himalayas

Final Stairs to Kartikswami Temple

Final Stairs to Kartikswami Temple

Kartik Swami Priests (Panditji) Home

This Temple has built by Shri Hira singh Negi and Narmda puri. At present Pooran singh negi is the head of Kartikyea seva samiti. Kartik Swami temple is locally known as ‘Swaminath Danda’ (Swaminath-Kartik swami, Danda-Mountain in Garhwali).

Views as seen near the Priest Home

Views as seen near the Priest Home

Kartikswami panditji home

Kartikswami panditji home (located just 500 mts before temple)

Bhairon Temple (Mandir)

There is a Bhairon temple located just 100 meters before Kartik swami. The stairs of temple starts from this place only.

Bhairon Mandir on the trek route

Bhairon Mandir on the trek route

Bhairon temple with Himalayas on the background

Bhairon temple with Himalayas on the background

A Small shivling in Bhairon temple

A Small shivling in Bhairon temple

Kartikswami Stairs as seen from Bhairon Temple

Kartikswami Stairs as seen from Bhairon Temple

Photo Tour Road Journey Kanakchauri  The Trek  Bhairon Mandir  KartikSwami Temple  Sunset Views  Hotel

Kartik Swami Temple

There is a legend that Lord Shiva once told their sons Lord Kartik and Lord Ganesha to take a round of the universe and the one who comes first will get the privilege to be worshipped on all auspicious occasions. Kartik went to cover the universe but Lord Ganesha showed his intelligence and took a round of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and said that for him they are the whole universe. Lord Shiva impressed by his intelligence and his love for them gave the privilege to be worshipped first. Lord Kartik got angry with this news and tore himself apart, he gave his flesh to mother Parvati and bones to his father Lord Shiva. In this temple the idol represents Lord Kartik’s bones.

The temple has a naturally carved idol of Kartik Swami on a marble type rock. Behind the temple, is a narrow path which goes down to a pond from where the water is brought for pujas.

Views from Kartikswami

Kartik Swami Temple is located on the end of a narrow ridge surrounded from all sides by wide and deep valleys about 1000-1500 ft down from the ridge.  The wide and deep valleys with step farms as seen from Kartik Swami Temple are awe-inspiring.

The Himalayan snow clad peaks starting from Bandar Punch in the west, Kedarnath, Sumeru Chaukhambha in the middle and Neelkanth, Dronagiri and Nanda Devi group of peaks extending to west among other peaks forms the backdrop to the temple.

 

Temple on the summit (top)

Temple on the summit (top)

KartikSwami Temple with bells

KartikSwami Temple with bells

Another beautiful picture of the temple

Another beautiful picture of the temple

KartikSwami Temple

KartikSwami Temple

Kartik Swami Temple with Chaukhamba Peaks at the back

Kartik Swami Temple with Chaukhamba Peaks at the back

Side view of KartikSwami Temple during sunset

Side view of KartikSwami Temple during sunset

Photo Tour Road Journey Kanakchauri  The Trek  Bhairon Mandir  KartikSwami Temple  Sunset Views  Hotel

Sunset and Winter-Line from Kartikswami

We reached Kartikswami Temple around 4 pm, after enjoying the surrounding beauty for nearly 2 hours, it was time to experience the most beautiful sunset and moonrise.

Views from Kartikswami during evening

Views from Kartikswami during evening

Sunset in the Himalayas

Sunset in the Himalayas

Another picture of winter line from Kartikswami

Another picture of winter line from Kartikswami

Beautiful winterline after sunset

Beautiful winterline after sunset

Moon coming out from Himalayas

Moon coming out from Himalayas

Nearly a full moonrise above Himalayas

Nearly a full moonrise above Himalayas

Valley views with layers of ranges

Valley views with layers of ranges

Photo Tour Road Journey Kanakchauri  The Trek  Bhairon Mandir  KartikSwami Temple  Sunset Views  Hotel

Accommodation in Kanakchauri

Mayadeep Holiday Home is the only place to stay in Kanakchauri, which offers comfortable stay in bamboo huts with all modern amenities and facilities.

For booking details you check here: Mayadeep Holiday Home Kartikswami

Bamboo huts with all amenities

Bamboo huts with all amenities

Mayadeep Holiday home in Kanak Chauri

Mayadeep Holiday home in Kanak Chauri

Valley views from Kanakchauri

Valley views from Kanakchauri

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Vivek Says

Amazing Trek and Beautiful Photos!!!!