The nectar that came out during the churning of the ocean was drunk by the demon Swarabhanu. After which, Lord Vishnu severed his head from the body. But he had drunk the nectar, so he did not die, and his body became two parts which are today known as Rahu and Ketu. The head of the demon Swarabhanu is called Rahu, and its trunk is called Ketu. There is a temple in Paithani village of Pauri district of Uttarakhand in which Rahu is worshipped. There are many beliefs related to this temple.
It is said that this temple was built by Adi Shankaracharya himself. When he was traveling to the Himalayas from the south, at that time, he realized the influence of Rahu in this place, so he built a temple of Rahu at this place, and Lord Shiva is also worshiped in this temple.
It is mentioned in the mythology that when Lord Vishnu had beheaded a demon named Swarabhanu from Sudarshan, his head had fallen at this place; hence the temple of Rahu was built at this place. This temple is one such temple in which the idol of Rahu Griha is produced along with the model of Lord Shankar. The carvings made in this temple are a center of attraction in them. Rahu's severed head and Lord Vishnu's Sudarshan Chakra have been made in this temple. Many scholars also believe that the Shivling in this temple was established by Rahu himself.
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This temple is one such temple that is today under the protection of the Archaeological Survey of India. Based on the architecture and sculptures found in it, it is known that this Shiva temple and all the statues present in it date back to the eighth to the ninth century.
People associated with this temple say that all the defects related to Rahu are removed in their lives who come here to worship, due to which a large number of people come here. The devotees who come here bring moong khichdi because Rahu enjoys moong khichdi, and only moong khichdi is distributed in the prasad.
If you also want to go to this temple, its path is straightforward. You can get down by plane at Jali Grant Dehradun Airport, the nearest airport to this temple. If you go by rail, you can get down at any railway station in Kotdwar, Rishikesh, Haridwar, or Ram Nagar and take a bus or taxi. From there, buses and taxis run regularly to the temple, so it is easily accessible. If you want to go by road, you can go to significant places in the district like Kotdwar, Lansdowne, Pauri, Srinagar, etc. Tehri-Moradabad State Highway well connects it.