Rudranath Panch Kedar Temple Uttarakhand India

Rudranath Temple in Uttarkhand is one among the five Panch Kedar temples in Garhwal region of India. This was a Himalayan temple which later transformed into the Rudranath temple of today. Rudranath Temple of Lord Shiva is considered to be constructed by Pancha Pandavas of Mahabharata. The face of Lord Siva is worshipped here as Neel Khanda Mahadeva (Nilkanth Mahadev). This is believed to be the place where Mahadeva appeared to Erishi Narada as Lord Rudra and blessed. Rudra was the other form of Lord Siva. Rudranath Temple is the third temple to be visited in the Panch Kedar pilgrimage route which is as follows - Kedarnath Temple, Tungnath Temple, Rudranath Temple, Madhyamaheshwar Temple and Kalpeshwar Temple..

Temple Significance

The mountain peaks which stand encircling the temple are Nanda, Trishul and Ghundi. The sacred river Rudraganga which is considered as the “River Of Salvation” flows very close to Rudranath Shiva Temple. The holy water collections located near the temple are Surya Kund, Chandra Kund, Tara Kund, and Mana Kund. It is really spectacular to see this sacred location in the midst of mountain peaks dense forest and streams.

Picture of Rudranath Panch Kedar Temple Uttarakhand India

Devotees often visit Rudranath Temple to perform tribute to eternal souls of their departed relatives. As per beliefs, the offerings made to ancestors from this river banks are very holy. They can also worship the grey stone idol of Lord Rudranath located in the river.

According to local beliefs this place is protected by Vandevi or Vandevatas and hence this deity is also worshipped here. But the geographical peculiarity makes this place too difficult to reach. Thus, the visit to this temple will be a great experience to the devotees.

Festival at Rudranath Temple

The annual festival celebrated at Rudranath Temple on the Pournami day of the Hindu month of Sravan (July – August) attracts devotees from all over Uttarkhand and the nearby states. The Rudranath Temple Festival usually coincides with Rakshabandhan Utsav.

Nearest Access Points

Rishikesh Railway Station (241 km) and Jolly Grant airport at Dehradun (258 km) are the major nearest access points. Gopeshwar is the most preferred trekking routes to Rudranath Temple.


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