Kartik Swami temple is located near Kanak Chauri village on Rudraprayag – Pokhari route in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand A mild 3k trek from Kanak Chauri village takes you to the stunning beauty of Kartik Swami temple.Kartik Swami temple is dedicated to the elder son of Lord Shiva, Kartikeya, who offered his bones as testimony of his devotion to his father. It is believed that the incident took place here. Lord Kartik Swami is also known as Kartik Murugan Swami in the southern part of India. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva (the destroyer) told his sons Ganesha and Kartikeya whoever reach first after taking a round of Universe will receive blessings to be worship first by devotees. As Ganesha was unable to do so because of mouse his vehicle he used his intelligence and took a round of his mother Parvati and father Shiva as he consider them as Universe and had blessings to worship first by devotees. When Kartikeya returned and heard about blessings and the reason for the same he was angry. He scarified his flesh and bones. In this temple bones of Kartikeya is as an idol worship by devotees. Kartik (also known as Kartikeya) Swami temple is situated at Krounch Parvat (mountain). Krounch was a senapati (commander) with demon Tarakasur army. Kartikeya was born to kill Tarakasur. When Tarakasur was killed Krounch surrender.