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Kartikswami Temple: Temple of the God of War and Victory

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The Kartikswami Temple in the Rudraprayag District of Uttarakhand is a temple dedicated to the eldest son of Lord Shiva. It is the only temple in North India in the name of Lord Kartikeya (God of War and Victory). The temple is present in the Himalayas at an elevation of 3050m near Kanak Chauri village. Lord Murugan is another name for Lord Kartikeya in the South of India. According to the saying, Lord Kartik settled in South India later on. The temple location gives a treat to its visitors with mesmerizing sunrise and sunset views.

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The story behind Kartikswami Temple

The Kartik Swami Temple has a strong history behind it. Lord Shiva proposed to both his sons Lord Kartikeya and Lord Ganesha that whomsoever between the two of them arrives first after completing seven rounds of the universe will get the honor of being worshipped first. Both of them accepted the proposal.

With this acceptance, Lord Kartikeya headed to circle the universe on his Vahana. However, Lord Ganesha sat on his Vahana and moved around his parents, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Goddess Parvati kept looking at her younger son in confusion while Lord Shiva smiled. When asked, Lord Ganesha says his parents as the universe. 

Impressed by Lord Ganesha, Lord Shiva offered him the privilege of being first worshipped. This decision of Lord Shiva resulted in raged anger of Lord Kartikeya. Lord Kartikeya become angry and sacrificed his body and bones to his father and his flesh to his mother as reverence. Kartikswami temple is at the place where this incident happened. 

Kartikswami Temple

In the peaceful land of Garhwal lies the temple dedicated to the god of war and victory, Bhagwan Kartikeya. The beautiful temple stays hidden in the lush white clouds at the narrow ridge with deep valleys. The visitors of this temple can treat their eyes to the beautiful scenic view of snowy mountain peaks of the lower Himalayas like Chaukhamba, Dronagiri, and Neelkantha. When you move inside the temple, a captivating idol of Kartikswami lies in front of your eyes. 

The Kartikswami temple has a wide range of glorious mountain ranges. To reach the temple, you need to pave your way through the dense forest surrounding the temple route. Further, you have to trek your way all to the top, which makes the bliss of scenic view and temple visit even more precious and worthy. As you start climbing, your ears can hear the mesmerizing sound of birds chirping. And when finally you reach the top, you can experience exotic sunrise or sunset view to please your eyes.

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