Uttarakhand is called the Land of the Gods, nothing can be doubted about it. Most of the country’s pilgrimage centers exist on the holy land of Uttarakhand, like Badrinath, Kedarnath, Yamnotri, Gangotri, Haridwar, etc. Every year so many devotees visit the pilgrimage centers. Devotees come to Uttrakhand to worship gods or to find inner peace. But in Uttrakhand, not only god but asuras are also worshipped. Rahu Mandir is believed to be the only TempleTemple in India where Asura Rahu is worshiped.
Rahu Mandir is situated in Thalisain, Pauri Garhwal, it’s approximately 150kms from Kotdwara. The TempleTemple is not only famous for its architect, but it’s also renowned for the worshipping of Lord Shiva and Asura Rahu together. Devotees from all over the world visit Rahu Temple to pacify the Rahu condition of their horoscope.
It is believed that Rahu cheated during Samudra Manthan and drank a portion of Amrit. Lord Vishnu has to sever his head from the torso to prevent it from becoming immortal.
It is believed that Rahu’s head fell on this place of Uttarakhand. Late on, the temple was built, and Rahu is worshipped along with Lord Shiva. Information about this temple is found in Skanda Purana. The establishment of this temple is believed to be millions of years ago.
The Architecture of the temple is so beautiful and world-class. People also come from abroad to see the architecture of this temple. You can easily see the paintings or sculptures of Lord Vishnu and Rahu on the stones used at the temple.
Rahu Temple has many ancient statues established on the premises. Apart from this, idols like Ganesh, Vishnu’s chakra, Rahu’s severed head, Chaturbhuji Chamunda, etc. are also present here. So next time you think of visiting the mountains of Uttrakhand, pay a visit to this unique temple where an Asura is worshiped.