Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple Complete Travel Guide

Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple in Dehradun

Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple, also known as Tapkeshwar Temple, is one of the most well-known Shiva temples in Dehradun. The main shivalinga at the temple is inside a natural cave, and it is located near the forest. Water drops from the cave’s ceiling rain down on the shivalinga in a steady downpour, creating a curious sight.

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A natural Shiva Linga in a cave nearby gives the Tapkeshwar Mahadeva Temple its significance. Long ago, a river flowed through the tunnels, and water droplets dropped continuously on the Shiv Linga. For the people of the region, this became a sacred site. Guru Dronacharya, the revered teacher of the Pandavas and Kauravas in the Hindu epic Mahabharata written by Ved Vyas, is also said to have lived here. As a result, the cave is known as Drona Cave. 

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Tourists in Dehradun visit the Tapkeshwar Mahadev temple, which is 6 kilometres from the city centre. In Dehradun, the Tapkeshwar Mahadev temple is a popular pilgrimage destination. Hundreds of tourists from inside and outside Dehradun visit the magnificent Lord Shiva temple situated between the two hills throughout the year. 

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Tapkeshwar Mahadev temple attracts visitors from all over Uttarakhand for its religious significance, and explorers come to see the water drops dripping on the Shiva ling in Drona cave, which is a spectacular sight. 

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The water that falls down disappears underwater and can be seen as a waterfall a few yards away. Cool sulphur-water springs near the Tapkeshwar Mahadev temple, where devoted pilgrims bathe before entering the temple. 

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On the day of Shivratri, a big festival is held around the Tapkeshwar temple. Every year, a large number of people attend a fair held on the occasion of Shivratri and pay their respects to the deity. Picnickers from Dehradun and the surrounding districts flock to Drona Cave, which is surrounded by beautiful hills. 

How to Reach Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple


The temple is located on the Garhi Canttt Road, 30.7 kilometres from Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun, 9.7 kilometres from ISBT Dehradun, and 7.5 kilometres from Deharadun Railway Station. You can take a taxi from the airport, a city bus, or a three-wheeler from the ISBT or Railway Station to get to the temple. 

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The Natural Caves of this temple makes it extremely unique and peaceful. Once you enter inside, the aura is something everyone should feel. Do visit this temple and tell us your experience!

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