Neelkanth Mahadev Temple is a well known religious centre in Rishikesh, situated at the confluence of the Pankaja and Madhumati rivers. Located on a hilltop at an altitude of 1330 m above sea level, the shrine provides an amazing view of Vishnukoot, Brahmakoot, and Manikoot hills. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu Lord of destruction, Shiva. Lord Shiva is also called Neelkanth, blue throat, because he drank the Kalakoot poison, which was obtained after churning the sea. It is believed that this mythological event occurred at this temple and therefore, it is known as Neelkanth Mahadev Temple.Hundreds of devotees visit this temple in the Hindu month of Sharavan (July-August). It is considered as an auspicious month to offer prayers to Lord Shiva. Devotees also visit this temple, Shivaratri, a popular Hindu festival, which falls in Phalguna month of the Hindu calendar.