Kartik Swami Temple

  • District: Rudraprayag
  • Famous for/as: Temple
  • Languages: Hindi, Garhwali
  • Best Season: Apr-Jun


Kartik Swami temple is dedicated to the elder son of Lord Shiva, Kartikeya, who offered his bones as testimony of his devotion to his father. It is believed that the incident took place here. Lord Kartik Swami is also known as Kartik Murugan Swami in the southern part of India.

A constant sound from hundreds of bell hung in the temple can be heard at a distance of about 800 metres from there. A flight of 80 stairs from the main road leads you to the garbhagriha of the temple or the place where the idol is kept.Sandhya Aarti or evening prayers, enchantment of mantras and Maha-bhandara or grand feast organised at the temple occasionally is a special attraction for devotees and tourists.

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Kanakchauri is a small village located on the Rudraprayag-Pokhri road, just 40 kms from Rudraprayag. Kanakchauri is famous as the starting point of the beautiful trek to Kartik Swami Temple.

Getting there

You can take a shared Jeep from Rudraprayag to Kanakchauri, which is the cheapest and best option. Shared jeeps take around Rs 50 from Rudraprayag to Kanakchauri. Though there is some bus service from Rudraprayag to Pokhri via Kanakchauri but its timings are quite odd for tourists.( It takes less than 2 hours to reach Kanakchauri from Rudraprayag. The road route to Kanakchauri from Rudraprayag is extremely scenic offering views of snow clad Himalayas and valley views).