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Neeleshwar Mahadev Temple, Haridwar

Neeleshwar Temple , dedicated to Hindu God Shiva, is a small but very old temple in Haridwar. The temple is located atop a hill. The spot is located near the Kushavarta Ghat. A source stream of Ganga flows down near the temple and it is known as Neeldhara. People visit the shrine after taking bath in the stream Neel, an ardent devotee of Shiva, established the Shivling that is worshipped at the Neeleshwar Mahadev Temple . The name of the temple is derived from the devotee. The temple is located 500 meters of Har Ki Paudi.

Story Of Rishyasringa Rishi

Sage Rishyasringa was the famous Rishi who performed the Putrakameshti Yagna for Dasharath in the Ramayana. Sri Ram, Bharat, Lakshmana and Shatrughna were born to Dasharath after this yajna. Legend has it that Rishyasringa was born with a pair of horns like deer. Rishyasringa was the son of Saint Vibhandaka. Legend has it that Sage Vibhandaka was seduced by celestial damsel Urvashi. Semen from Vibhandaka fell into a river and this went into the stomach of a Doe that was drinking water. Rishyasringa was given birth by the Doe (female deer). After the incident, Sage Vibhandaka had this guilt that he failed control his desire. The visit of Urvashi also disturbed his Brahmacharya and Tapas. Vibhandaka did not want the same fate for his son. So he brought him up without giving knowledge about females. Rishyasringa had never seen a female. During this period the kingdom of Anga was reeling under severe drought. A Sage predicted that only a yajna conducted Rishyasringa will p