It is better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times”
Well, I don’t know who wrote this quote, but I believe it suits best to Kartik Swami Temple in Uttarakhand. Wondering why? Don’t worry, you’ll get to know shortly but for that, you need to be with me for the next few minutes. So, here we go!
The sedating ambiance and the uninterrupted scenic views of Garhwal Himalayas brag why Kartikeya Temple, locally referred as Kartik Swami Danda, is one of the most beautiful temples to visit in the Himalayas of North India. Comfortably seated on the top of Kronch Parvat at an altitude of 3050 m near the Kanak Chauri Village on Rudraprayag-Pokhari route, Kartik Swami is the only Lord Murugan Temple in Uttarakhand as well as the Indian Himalayas. Lord Kartikeya who is believed to be the eldest son of Lord Shiva, is also known by the names of Murugan, Subramanya, and Skanda in the Southern region of India. According to devotees, God of War, Lord Kartikeya and his father Lord Shiva reside here in a naturally carved marble-like rock. Unlike the famous Lord Murugan Temple in Palani Hills in South India, this one is an untouched and lesser-explored temple. This temple of its kind boasts surreal beauty which one shouldn’t miss out on. An interesting fact related to Lord Kartikeya temple in Uttarakhand is that it is revered by more than 360 villages in the region, and hence, a darshan to the temple is considered highly auspicious by the locals. It is also said that a visit to this temple fulfills the wish of every devotee. Couples who wish to have a child also perform prayers and seek the blessings from Lord Murugan. The dulcet sound of hundred of bells hung in the temple can be heard even from a distance of 800 m.
An easy to moderate 3-4 km trek that commences from the village of Kanakchauri leads to the base point from where a flight of 80 stairs begin for the final ascent to this temple.