Named after Lord Shiva (Rudra), Rudraprayag is situated at the
holy confluence of Alaknanda and Mandakini rivers, at a distance
of 34 kms. from Srinagar (Garhwal). The presence of two separate
routes for Badrinath and Kedarnath Dham from Rudraprayag render
great importance to the place. The entire region is blessed with
immense natural beauty, places of religious importance, lakes &
Chorabari (Gandhi Sarovar)
Only 2 kms trek away from Kedarnath. Floating-ice on the crystal
clear waters of the lake fascinates the visitors.
Vasuki Tal ( 6 kms)
A picturesque lake, 4, 135 mts above sea level is encircled by
lofty mountains and offers a commanding view of the Chaukhamba peaks.
It's the trekking base for to Kedarnath. The village has a temple
dedicated to Gauri and hot water springs.
At an elevation of 1829 mts and on the main Kedarnath route, Son
Prayag lies at the confluence of river Basuki and Mandakani. The
holy site of Son Prayag is of immense religious significance. It
is said that a mere touch of the holy water of Son Prayag helps
one to attain the " Baikunth Dham".
According to legend, this was the place where the wedding of Lord
Shiva and Parvati was solemnised. In front of the Shiva Temple is
an eternal flame, which is said to be a witness to the marriage.
It can be reached by a 12 km drive from Sonprayag.
Winter home of the deity at Kedarnath temple and the seat of the
Rawal of Kedarnath. Connected by bus services to Rudraprayag and
other major centres.
The temple of sage Agastya is the main attraction here.
Madmaheshwar, Tungnath, Rudranath and Kalpnath with Kedarnath form
the Panch Kedar, the five most important temple of Lord Shiva in
One of Panch Kedars, the temple of Madmaheshwar is located at an
altitude of 3,289 mt above sea-level, on the slope of a ridge, 25
km north-east of Guptkashi. There is a motorable road from Guptkashi
to Kalimath. The best statue of Har Gauri in India measuring over
a metre high is found in the Kali temple. The trek from Kalimath
to Madmaheshwar is distinguished by wild unparalleled scenic beauty
and engulfed by Chaukhamba, Kedarnath and Neelkanth peaks. Gaundar
at the confluence of Madmeshwar Ganga and Markanga Ganga, is the
last settlement before one reaches Madmaheshwar, the place where
Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of belly.
The arms of Lord Shiva came out as per the Kedarnath myth at Tungnath.
He is worshipped here as one of the Panch Kedars. Tungnath Temple
at an altitude of 3,680 mt, is the highest Shiva shrine among the
Panch Kedars but the easiest to reach from Chopta, the nearest roadhead.
According to legend, the Pandavas after having won over the Kauravas
in the Kurukshetra war, felt guilty of having killed their own brothers
and sought the blessings of Lord Shiva for redemption. He eluded
them repeatedly and while fleeing took refuge at Kedarnath in the
form of a bull. On being followed he dived into the ground, leaving
his hump on the surface. The remaining portions of Lord Shiva appeared
at four other places and are worshipped there as his manifestations.
The arms appeared at Tungnath, the face at Rudranath, the belly
at Madmaheshwar and his locks (hair) with head at Kalpeshwar. Kedarnath
and the four above mentioned shrines are treated as Panch Kedar.
The Samadhi of Adi Guru Shankaracharya is located just behind the
Kedarnath temple. It is said that after establishing four sacred
Dhams in India, he went into his samadhi at an early age of 32 years.
At a distance of 3 kms. from Rudraprayag and on the holy bank of
river Alaknanda is situated the Koteshwar temple. The Koteshwar
temple is in the form of a cave temple. There are many idols which
have been formed naturally. It is belived that before going to Kedernath,
Lord Shiva meditated here. During the months of August and September,
thousands of devotees come here to worship Lord Shiva.
Guptkashi has a great importance quite like of Kashi. The ancient
Vishwanath temple, Ardhnareshwar temple and Manikarnik Kund, where
the two streams of Ganga and Yamuna are believed to meet, are the
main places of attraction in Guptkashi.
It is believed that after the battle of Mahabharata, the Pandavas
wanted to meet Lord Shiva and seek his blessings. But Lord Shiva
evaded from Guptkashi to Kedarnath as He did not want to meet the
Pandavas, the reason being that although they had fought for the
right cause, they were also responsible for destroying their own
Guptkashi is situated at an elevation of 1319 mts. The one Stupa
is situated in Nala which is quite close to Ukhimath. Some local
people call it the grave of Rana Nal. 3 kms. from Guptkashi, the
remains of ramgarh (in Ronitpur) still seem to echo the love between
Lord Krishna's son Anniruddha and Vanasur's daughter Usha.
Nearest Airport, Jollygrant, 159 kms.
Nearest Railway station, Rishikesh, 142 kms.
Well connected by road to all the important places of Garhwal Divison.
Regular bus services are available.
Best Season: Round the year.
Clothing: Summer - Cotton, Winter
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