Tungnath Temple

Important information

  • Location: Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand 246419
  • Open and Close  Timings: : 06.00 am to 07:00 pm.
  • April - Opening of the temple on Akshaya Tritiya(April/May)
  • November - Temple closes for winter after Diwali
  • Aarti Timings: 06:00 am and 06:30 pm
  • Nearest Airport : Jolly Grant airport of Dehradun at a distance of nearly 223 kilometres from Tungnath.
  • Nearest Railway Station: Rishikesh railway station at a distance of nearly 210 kilometres from Tungnath.
  • Primary deity: Lord Shiva.
  • Did you know: The Tungnath Temple is one of the Panch Kedars and the second number of Panch Kedars. The temple was built by the Pandavas.

Tungnath Temple is located in the Rudraprayag district of Garhwal, Uttarakhand. The Tungnath Temple is situated on the Tungnath Mountains, which is at an altitude of 3,680 meters. The Tungnath Temple is one of the Panch Kedars and the second number of Panch Kedars. The temple was built by the Pandavas. The temple is located at the highest point in the panch Kedars. The temple is believed to be 1,000 years old and here it is worshiped as one of Lord Shiva's Panch Kedars. The Mandakini and the Alaknanda river valleys are formed in the Tungnath Mountains. Chopta is situated at a height of twelve thousand feet from the sea. After a three km walk from here, there is a Tungnath temple at thirteen thousand feet high.

According to a legend, When after the war of Mahabharata Pandavas wanted liberation from their sin, therefore Lord Krishna advised Pandavas that they would get the blessings of Lord Shankar. Therefore, Pandavas reached Varanasi to get the blessings of Lord Shankar, but Lord Shankar left Varanasi and hide in Guptkashi because Lord Shiva was annoyed with Pandavas, Pandavas had killed their dynasty. When Pandavas reached the Guptkashi then Lord Shankar reached Kedarnath where Lord Shankar had assumed the shape of the bull. Pandavas discovered Lord Shiva and received blessings from them. It is believed that When Lord Shankar disappeared in the form of a bull, the upper part of their torso appeared in Kathmandu. Now there is a famous temple of Pashupatinath. Shiva's arms appeared in Tungnath, mouth in Rudranath, navel in Madhyamaheshwar, hair in Kalpeshwar and Lord Shankar in the form of the shape of the back of Bull (hump), there is worshiped in Shri Kedarnath. Therefore, in these five places, Shri Tungnath is called Panchkedar.

In the month of January-February, the entire area is covered with snow. About Chopta, British commissioner Atkinson had said that it is useless to be born on this earth that the person who did not see during his lifetime. Even though this expression of Atkinson might seem superficial to some people, but the beauty here is amazing, nobody can doubt it. This visit is not less than a thrill for a tourist.

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