Karthik Swami Temple is a Hindu temple located in Kanak Chari village in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand, India. The temple is dedicated to the elder son of Lord Shiva, Shri Karthikeya. This temple is surrounded by a deep valley from all sides and is situated at the end of a narrow ridge. This temple is hidden from the clouds and a full view of the quality of natural beauty can be seen from the temple.
The snowy peaks around the temples and the mysterious beauty of the Himalayas can be seen. Everyone is amazed to see the carved idol of Lord Karthik Swami in the temple. Hence, this temple is one of the holiest tourist places of Rudraprayag. Lord Karthikeya is famous as Karthik Murugan Swamy in the southern part of India.
It is believed that Kartikeya got angry with Lord Shiva and Parvati because Lord Ganesha was given the status of the first worshiper, hence Kartikeya came to do penance at this place angry and it is said that this Lord Kartikeya for his penance Still visit this temple.