Kankhal. Shiva’s Townlet

The famous Shiva Temple in Kankhal
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The Shiva Temple in the Townlet

The famous Shiva Temple in Kankhal

And so, the time has come to talk about the last place we visited. After Rishikesh, Kunjapuri, Neelkanth, and Haridwar, we went to Kankhal. I don’t know how to describe Kankhal, because it is not a town, neither is it a village or hamlet. Nor is Kankhal a colony of Haridwar, though some may call it that. After much cogitation, I used an unfamiliar word–‘townlet’. People visit Kankhal for the Shiva Temple, and they also consider it as the summer capital of Shiva. Hindu mythology is complex and many-layered.

We traveled to Kankhal by auto-rickshaw and, if I remember the morning well, we hired the driver for the morning. On this occasion, I did not indulge in my usual pastime of chatting with people like him, because we were bumping all the way to the townlet. Our first stop was at the temple, which is quite a good-looking temple. As usual, I didn’t enter the temple, because my principles prohibited me from doing so. After wandering for a short time, I walked down to the banks of the canal, where the Ganges flowed past the town.

The Waters

The polluted waters of the Ganges. The clean sky

By the time the waters reached Kankhal, they lost some of their steam, and the flow was gentle. When, and if, you get into the waters in Haridwar without holding onto the chains, the water will wash you away. However, you can play in the gentler flow in Kankhal, and I watched some kids doing just that. Contrasted with Haridwar, the water here is considerably dirtier, but not as filthy as the water you find in Benares.

Peace on Earth

The polluted waters of the Ganges. The clean skyPolluted Waters. Clean Sky

Again, I don’t remember the entire morning well, and I think we visited a few more temples in the townlet. One has a Shiva Temple has a Lingam, which people claim to be constructed of mercury. I doubt they constructed the lingam of pure mercury because the metal is liquid at room temperature.

But overall, I liked the peaceful atmosphere in the town. No one bothered us as we walked in the temple compounds: no hysterical screams at our cameras, or grubby fingers grasping for money.

Peace on earth, my brothers, and sisters is what the townlet seemed to say. Peace on earth, between people of all races, castes, and religions. However, this may just be my fantasy. I will never know.

I’d like to leave you with a few images

The famous Shiva Temple in Kankhal

This is the end of that old, old trip I made in March-April 2014!


I’ll end with a commercial break! I edited the images with Luminar AI


Published by Rajiv

I have been around the block a bit. I've lived in four countries, and in many parts of my country. I have been fortunate enough to meet some really good people, and some really lousy ones, all of whom have taught me much. I am passionate about photography, writing, Indian history and continuing on this grand journey towards death.

8 thoughts on “Kankhal. Shiva’s Townlet

  1. davidoakesimages – DERBYSHIRE. UK – Freelance Photographer and lover of the Countryside and Wildlife.I gained my Photographic qualifications in Manchester and then started my career as a Photographer with a North West Regional Newspaper. From there I moved onto an Engineering Company then a Publishing Group. This appointment created an interest in Sales and Marketing a disipline into which I moved. 25 years in Sales, Marketing and General Management at Director level with market leading and multi-national Publishers was both exciting and fun. But like most things, a time for a change came along and I opted to start my own Freelance Photographic business and Photo Library. We specialise in Landscape, Travel and Heritage plus photographic reviews of new Canal Boats for the magazine of that name....a great way to earn a living whilst having fun. More oftern than not I have Carla our Director of Greetings and Buster our Head of Security with me, both like to chat and the occasional biscuit will bond any friendship....just don't touch the Nikon's..
    davidoakesimages says:

    Now that was a great trip. Glad I came along with you 😃

    1. Rajiv – I have been around the block a bit. I've lived in four countries, and in many parts of my country. I have been fortunate enough to meet some really good people, and some really lousy ones, all of whom have taught me much. I am passionate about photography, writing, Indian history and continuing on this grand journey towards death.
      Rajiv says:

      Happy to have gone along with you!

  2. Timothy Price – I specialize in daily art, documentary and promotional photography. If you have a special event such as a musical production, play, concert, etc. or have a product or fashion that you need photographed, or you are a performer, musician and artist in need of promotional photos please email me or call.
    Timothy Price says:

    Wonderful photos.

    1. Rajiv – I have been around the block a bit. I've lived in four countries, and in many parts of my country. I have been fortunate enough to meet some really good people, and some really lousy ones, all of whom have taught me much. I am passionate about photography, writing, Indian history and continuing on this grand journey towards death.
      Rajiv says:

      Thanks!!

  3. Mick Canning – UK – Creative writer, blogger, and painter, now with one novel and one collection of poems and short stories. If you want to know more about me, well, my personal mantra is 'Be Kind'.
    Mick Canning says:

    Peace on Earth sounds a good idea!

    1. Rajiv – I have been around the block a bit. I've lived in four countries, and in many parts of my country. I have been fortunate enough to meet some really good people, and some really lousy ones, all of whom have taught me much. I am passionate about photography, writing, Indian history and continuing on this grand journey towards death.
      Rajiv says:

      You bet!

  4. “Peace on earth, my brothers, and sisters is what the townlet seemed to say. Peace on earth, between people of all races, castes, and religions. However, this may just be my fantasy. I will never know.”

    Maybe just your fantasy for sure…but what a lovely fantasy.

    1. Rajiv – I have been around the block a bit. I've lived in four countries, and in many parts of my country. I have been fortunate enough to meet some really good people, and some really lousy ones, all of whom have taught me much. I am passionate about photography, writing, Indian history and continuing on this grand journey towards death.
      Rajiv says:

      Yes. It’s fantasy I like

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