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Uttaranchal Temples >> Rudranath Temple
It is one of the panch Kedars. The face
of Lord Shiva is worshipped at Rudranath temple in a
natural rock temple as Neelkantha Mahadeva. Lord Shiva
is worshipped here as Neelkantha. The temple is situated
amid thick forest at a height 2286 mtrs. From Gopeshwar
4 kms motorable road is available upto village Sagar
from where 20 kms. trek leads to Rudranath and can be
approached from Joshimath as well, by trekking about
45 kms. The temple provides magnificent view of Hathi
Parvat , Nandadevi, NandaGhunti, Trishuli and many other.
There are numbers of holy Kunds (Tanks) near Rudranath
temple namely Suryakund, Chandrakund, Tarakund etc.
The Baitarini, the divine river flows pass behind the
The Mahabharata is one of the oldest epics in the world
and was written by the sage Vyasa. There is no subject
on which it doesn’t deal with. However all the
various subjects are woven into the story of the Kuru
dynasty which ruled over India about five thousand years
ago. Modern Delhi is built over their capital city of
The epic deals with the rivalry between the cousins
known collectively as the Pandavas and the Kauravas.
It ends in the internecine war between the two factions.
The Pandavas were five in number and are said to be
the sons of the gods in as much as they were all extremely
noble. Arjuna, the hero of the epic and the middle one
amongst the Pandavas is the one to whom Lord Krishna
gave the discourse of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita. This
discourse comes in the middle portion of the Mahabharata
and deals with the human problem – how to attain
liberation from the coils of material life. However
it also deals with the very practical aspect of how
to deal with our day-to-day life.
Shiva's face is worshipped at the Rudranath temple.
It is about 2,286 m above sea level and is 23 km from
Gopeshwar. 5 km of the distance is motor able and 18
km is on foot. The trek passes through wild orchards
and picturesque bugyals (meadows) and involves trekking
over high ridges (sometimes 4,000 m). The temple site
provides magnificent views of Hathi Parvat, Nanda Devi,
Nanda Ghungti, Trishuli and many other peaks. There
are a number of holy kunds or ponds near the Rudranath
temple like Suryakund, Chandrakund, Tarakund. The entire
area is utterly enchanting and unmatched in scenic beauty.
Anusuya Devi temple is located on the trek to Rudranath
involving an additional trek of 3km.