The beautiful city of Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand, is full of natural wonders and will leave anyone mesmerized by its serene charm. The city has scores of enchanting parks, temples and other amazing places worth visiting. In the scenic setting on the banks of the Tons River, is an unusual and popular Shiva shrine inside a small, dripping cave known as Drona Cave. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and is thronged by his ardent devotees throughout the year. One can see water trickling on the Shivlinga, owing to which the temple has been christened Tapkeshwar. The Tapkeshwar Mahadev temple is an age-old temple and has a rustic charm to it. The river adds to the beauty of the temple. This pretty cave temple located in the cantonment area of Garhi in the heart of the city is a very sacred and revered temple, which attracts thousands of tourists and devotees. The unique structural design of the temple is very appealing to the eyes. An interesting story revolves around the existence of this temple. It is believed that this temple dates back to the era of Mahabharata. Common faith follows that the guru Drona of Pandavas and Kauravas, meditated in this cave to gain the knowledge and expertise in military arts such as archery with the blessings of Lord Shiva. It was here that Guru Dronacharya and his wife, Kripi, were blessed with a son, Ashwathama, and milk started dripping from this cave owing to the powers of Lord Shiva for Ashwathama who needed this milk. This mythical stories revolving around it has endowed the temple with a hallowed aura.
The Tapkeshwar Mahadev temple houses two shivlingas. Both these shivlingas are not man-made and have come into existence naturally. A festival is held here every year. This festival is known as Tapkeshwar fair. It takes place at Shivratri and has great religious significance. The festival is celebrated with great fervour and revelry.
The temple can be reached by air, road and rail. It is located at a distance of about 5.5 km from the heart of the city. So make sure that you visit the Tapkeshwar Mahadev temple and soak in the holy and sacred atmosphere that the environment of the temple exudes.