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is named after the Lord Shiva (Rudra),The entire region of Rudraprayag is blessed
with immense natural beauty, lakes & glaciers , important Hindu temples such
as Kedarnath, Shankaracharya Samadhi , Gaurikund ,Son Prayag , Panch Kedar ,Madmaheshwar,Tungnath,
Koteshwar , Guptkashi etc.
This small town , Rudraprayag , is situated at
the holy confluence of river Alaknanda and river Mandakini , 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. There
are more than 200 shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva in district itself, the most
important one is Kedarnath.
Situated at an altitude of 3584 mts from the sea level on the head of holy river
Mandakani, the great shrine of Kedarnath is amongst the holiest pilgrimages for
the Hindus. Majestic Kedarnath is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva.Lord
Shiva is also called Kadar that's why this tample is called Kadarnath.The Kedarnath
Temple has an imposing impressive sight, standing in the middle of a wide plateau
surrounded by white snow covered mountains. The present temple was built by Adi
Shankaracharya in 8th centuary A.D. The tample stands adjacent to the site of
an earlier temple which is belived to be built by the great Pandavas. The inner
walls of the tample are decorated with figures of various deities and scenes from
mythology.A large statue of the Nandi Bull stands out side the tample as a guard
of Lord Shiva. The tample is believed to be more than 1000 years old.The architecture
of Kedarnath temple is a wonder to the mordern architects, as to how those heavy
slabs of stones had been placed perfectly in those earlier days. The tample is
built of extremely large, heavy and evenly cut grey slabs of stones.
On the way to Kedarnath , Son Prayag is situated at the confluence
of river Basuki and Mandakani. This holy place,Son Prayag,has a great importance
in religious people. It is believed that a mere touch of the holy water of Son
Prayag helps one to attain the Baikunth Dham or Nirvana.
Shankaracharya Samadhi is in Rudraprayag District.It is located
just behind the holiest tample of Hindu's Kedarnath .It is believed that after
setting up the four Dhams in India, Adi Guru Shankaracharya went into his samadhi
at an early age of 32 years.
of Madmaheshwar is one of Panch Kedars The rigid journey to this place involves
many sacred places and one see the unparell beauty of nature .The journey is truely
very adventurous .The treck starts from Guptkashi to Kalimathand than from Kalimath
to Madmaheshwar .The route is full of wild unparalleled scenic beauty and engulfed
by Chaukhamba, Kedarnath and Neelkanth peaks.Before reaching to Madmaheshwar one
sees the Gaundar at the confluence of Madmeshwar Ganga and Markanga Ganga.Lord
Shiva is worshipped here in the form of belly.
The five tample of Lord Shive are called Panch Kadar and these temples are Kedarnath,
Kalpnath,Tungnath, Madmaheshwar and Rudranath which form the Panch Kedar.
Guptkashi is situated at an altitude of 1319 mts above
the sea level.Guptkashi has a great singnifance in devootee .it is as revered
as Kashi because the two streams of the Ganga and the Yamuna are believed to meet.
The ancient temple of Vishwanath ,Ardhnareshwar and Manikarnik Kund are the main
places of attraction in Guptkashi. Koteshwar Temple
is situated on the holy bank of river Alaknanda at a distance of 3 kms. from the
heart of Rudraprayag. The Koteshwar temple is in the form of a cave temple. There
are many idols which have been formed naturally. It is said that Lord Shiva did
meditation here before going to the Kedernath . A great fair is held here in months
of August and September and thousands of devotees of Lord Shiva come here to worship
As Rudraprayag is a district of temples which
have a great religious importance to the Hindu's ,it hosts a number of festivals
and events round the year such as the season at the "Kedarnath" temple
or at "punch Kedar".The prayer at these great temple is no less than
any festivals therefore there has always been festivals and events in the district
Places like Guari Kund , Son Prayag , Madmaheshwar , Shankaracharya
Samadhi and Guptkashi have fairs round the year , because these places are always
visited by the pilgrims and the devotees not only from India but also from around
the world for religious and other reason.
Excursions Around Rudraprayag
Famous for the hot water sprigs and it's miraclous healing
power this hamlet is also serves as the trekking base to Kedarnath.
It is said that this place has witnessed the wedding
of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati .Their marriage was solemnised in front of the
Shiva Temple where an eternal flame has been lightning since their wedding. Tri-Jugi
Narayan is situated at a distance of 12 Kms.from Sonprayag.
This crystal clear,unspoilt,untouched by the mordern civilisation
is located at the distance of 2 Kms. away from Kedarnath. Vasuki Lake Situated
at a high altitude of 4,135 Mts. above the sea level Vasuki lake surrounded by
the fabulous snow -clad mountains and greenery.It offers a picturesque view of
the the Chaukhamba peak and other Mountain peaks of the Himalaya.
The holy place Son-Prayag is situated at the confluence of
river "Basuki" and "Mandakani" .The height of this place is
1,829 Mts. above the sea level and it is situated on the way Kedarnath . Son Prayag
has immense religious significance among the Hindu and it is said that a dip in
the holy water of Son Prayag helps devotees to attain the Baikunth Dham.
How to get there? Rail
Rishikesh at a distance of 140
Kms. Connected by rail with all major cities of India Air
at a distance of 110kms. Road
Rudraprayag has a regular bus service
to Dehradun,Haridwar,Rishikesh,Tehri etc.