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Rudranath, is a Hindu temple dedicated to god Shiva. This natural rock temple is situated within a dense forest of rhododendron dwarfs and Alpine pastures. Rudranath temple is the third temple to be visited in the Panch Kedar pilgrimage circuit, comprising five Shiva temples in the Garhwal region. The other temples in the circuit includes: Kedarnath and Tungnath to be visited before Rudranath or Madmaheshwar and Kalpeshwar to be visited after Rudranath. The face (mukha) of god Shiva is worshipped as “Nilkanth Mahadeva” here. Trek starts from Sagar village which is approx 03 km from Gopeshwar. The other trek starts from Mandal which is 12 km from Gopeshwar. This trek goes through Anasuya devi temple. Trek is very hard with a distance of approx. 22 km.
Rudranath Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to god Shiva, located in the Garhwal Himalayan mountains in Uttarakhand, India at height of 11,800 ft above sea level. Rudranath Trek distance is 22 km from Kunjonmaikot village in Gopeshwar, Chamoli, Uttarakhand.
The temple was constructed way back in 8th Century AD. The Rudranath temple is believed to be established by the Pandavas, the heroes of the Hindu epic Mahabharata. Legend has it that the Pandavas came to the Himalayan mountains in search of god Shiva, to redeem them of the sins of killing in the epic Kurukshetra war. God Shiva did not wanted to meet them and left in form of a bull in the ground and reentered in parts in the Panch Kedar places: the hump raising in Kedarnath, the arms appearing in Tunganath, the navel and stomach surfacing in Madhyamaheswar, the face showing up at Rudranath and the hair and the head appearing in Kalpeshwar. In winter, a symbolic image of Shiva is brought to Gopeshwar for worship. The Doli Yatra starts from Gopeshwar via Sagar. The Doli Yatris cross Lyuti Bugyal and Panar and finally reach Pitradhar. The worship of ancestors is done here. Then, after crossing Dhalabni Maidan, the Doli or the symbolic image of Shiva, reaches Rudranath.Here first the Vandevi is worshipped. The local belief is that Vandevi protects the area. The Kheshtra is protected by Vandevi or Vandevatas.
At Nandikund (2,439 m or 8,002 ft), on the trekking route to Rudranath (if coming via Madhmaheshwar), devotees worship old historic swords protruding from the rocks, believed to be of Pandavas.
There are numerous sacred water tanks (“Kund”) near the temple. These include Surya-kund, Chandra-kund, Tara-kund, Mana-Kund etc. Nanda Devi, Trishul and Nanda Ghunti are the famous mountain peaks, which provide the backdrop to the temple. The holy river Vaitarani or Baitarani or Rudraganga flows near the temple, which has a grey stone idol of Rudranath. The river is identified with the “river of salvation”, where souls of the dead cross to reach the other world.
Thus, devotees visit Rudranath Trek to perform rituals of the dead, such as performing a pind offering. Some believe that offering a pind to ancestors here equals offering a hundred million at the holy city of Gaya. The mountain peaks of Trisul, Nanda Devi, Devasthan, Hathi Parbat and Nanda Ghunti are visible from Rudranath Trek. The name “Rudranath”, literally means, “Him who is Angry.” The mountain cave of Rudranath was modified into the temple we see today.
Region: Chamoli district (Uttarakhand)
Trek duration: 5 Night / 6 Days
Difficulty Grade: Moderate to Tough
Max. altitude: 13,123 Feet
Hike distance: 24 km
Driving distance: 266 km
Driving: Dehradun / Rishikesh – Gopeshwar – Ghigran village – Kunjonmaikot village
Trekking: Kunjonmaikot village – Tolitaal – Panar Bugyal – Rudranath Temple
|ALL MEALS||Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch|
|PACKAGE INCLUSIONS||Accommodation, All Meals, First Aid Medical Help, Forest Permits, Entry Fees, Local Guide, Cook & Support Staff, Local Transport, Trek Equipment|
|PACKAGE EXCLUDES||Anything Except Package, Food During the Transit, Insurance, Mules or Porter for personal luggage, Personal expenses, transportation|
|PLACES COVERED||Rishikesh, Chamba, Tehri lake, Ghansali, Boodha Kedarnath Temple|
|THINGS TO CARRY||Back Pack & Rain Cover (50/60 liter)., Personal Medical Kit, Snacks (Energy bars, ORS and dry fruits), Torch, Trek pants, T-shirts(Full sleeves), Wind and waterproof Jacket (Light and warm), Woolen Gloves and Thermal Inners., Walking stick (Advisable at least one)., Water Bottle (Two bottles of 1 liter each)|
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