Koteshwar Mahadev is commanding God in nearby area of Kumarsain. It seems deity has driven from Mahadev Kedarnath in Uttarachal .Koteshwar Mahadev Temple is located in village Mandoli Kumarsain. Koteshwar is one of the avtara of Lord Shiva .Koteshwar Mahadev doesn’t comes out of the temple quite often as rest of the God comes of surrounding area .He comes only once in four year .Great fair takes place Deity comes out in palanquin .
Deity would be decorated with garlands of scented flowers and of coins, various ornaments, golden crown and with a gold umbrella. Under this main idol, lined up are other various idol of same Koteshwar Mahadev. One can easily judge the peace, happiness and eternal satisfaction on the face of Devataa (Deity). It seems that people who are carrying the palanquin planning themselves, it but it is said that Devataa himself who drives the palanquin.
Four /God will start this fair Marechh ,Malandu ,Koteshwar (Naya Devta,Budda Devta).All the four palanquins will be moving all around the fairground which will be filled more than capacity with humble devotees of Koteshwar Mahadev. People of every caste, age and sex were present and glorifying the fair. Young and old residents of Kumarsain comes before palanquins to carry them and feel lucky to get a chance even for few seconds. Watching the entire proceedings with devotion, excitement and curiosity. The festivity enhances with grey clouds and then rain.
Koteshwar Mahadev who is believed to be scared soul blessed by Lord Shiva himself and one is considered King of the area of Kumarsain, a small town around seventy five kilometers up north from Shimla, capital of Himachal Pradesh. For the devotees, this Deity is not some “God” but just like their beloved family member for whom they have extreme love and respect and the one who have blessings of God to fulfill their big or small requirement or to erase their day to day problems.
For them this Deity is in constant touch with its people either by dreams or through his ‘Gur” the main priest. The occasion was the local festival which comes after every four years when Koteshwar Mahadev would meet his other loving deities, Marechh and Malendu Devtaa. I spent last two days at that festival and was lucky to witness the farewell of all other deities from Koteshwar. Just like young kids those departing Devtaa were so reluctant to leave that their palanquins would not let its bearers take the exit route even when Koteshwar Mahadev himself was waiting at the end of road to see them off.
Only the interruption of oldest ‘Gur’ made them ready to leave for another four years. The festival ended with the ‘Nati’ (local dance) by the people of Kumarsain. The charm on the faces of idols of Devtaa seems faded a bit cause of this departing. Koteshwar Temple is situated on the holy bank of river Alaknanda at a distance of 3 kms. From the heart of Rudraprayag. The Koteshwar temple is in the form of a cave temple. There are many idols which have been formed naturally. It is said that Lord Shiva did meditation here before going to the Kedernath . A great fair is held here in months of August and September and thousands of devotees of Lord Shiva come here to worship him.
Koteshwar Mahadev a holy cave in Uttarakhand/Uttaranchal Pradesh situated in Rudraprayag District, where the people from various places comes and organize the “Yagya” at least of Three days for the well sake of their fortune. At this particular place the Holy Ganga return back to the Holy cave which seer Devote to Lord Shiva.