In a calendar year, the temple is only open from May to October. The temple remains closed during the winter period and the murti is shifted to Ukhimath and worshipped there during the harsh winter. The temple remains covered in snow during the period.
The temple is believed to have been built by the Pandavas. They had reached the Garhwal Himalayas to seek pardon from Shiva for the killings they had during the Mahabharata war. But Shiva was not ready to pardon and took the form of a bull to hide from Pandavas. But when Pandavas detected the disguise, Shiva thrust himself into the ground and the body parts reemerged at six different places – one in
Nepal and other five in Uttarakhand in . India
A small Shivling is worshipped in the
. Apart from the main temple there are two small shrines dedicated to Goddess Parvati and Shiva as Ardhanarishwara. Temple
The route to the temple:
National Highway 58 – Rishikesh to Rudraprayag (via Shivpuri, Devprayag and
) – 139 kilometers. Srinagar
From Rudraprayag to Ukhimath – 45 kilometers
Ukhimath to Uniana – 14 kilometers
From Uniana it is a 20 km trek to Madmaheshwar.
Another route is from Gupt Kashi
Gupt Kashi to Kalimath
From Kalimath Trek to Madmaheshwar.