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About Rudranath Mahadev Temple, Uttarakhand

Shri Rudranath Mahadev Temple is one of the Panch Kedar and stands at 4th position. Temple is situated at a height of 11800 ft approx. in Garwhal region in Himalayan. It has one of the toughest Trek which is about 24 km approx. But all pain gets disappeared when you have a darshan of Prabhu here which is believed to be the face of Prabhu. Prabhu is worshipped as Neelkanth Mahadev here.

Legend and History

Going by epic, the temple was built by Pandavas. Full of remorse, after realizing the truth of killing their own kinsmen in the Kurukshetra war, Pandavas decided to atone for their sins, handed over their kingdom to their kind, and began their search for Prabhu Shiva to seek his blessings. The search began from Varanasi, Kashi Vishwanath temple, Shiva’s favorite residing place. But, deeply disdained by the dishonesty and brutality in the war, Shiva wanted to avoid them and hence, disguised as a bull and hid in the Garhwal region. Pandavas then went to the Garhwal hills in search of him. While looking between the mountains, Bhima saw a bull (Nandi) and recognized him for Bhagwan Shiva. On being seen, Shiva dove underground but Bhima could catch the hump. Bheem tried to pull them back by the tail of Nandi Ji, which led to forming of Kedarnath and other Panch Kedar.

Different parts of the Prabhu came up at different parts-hump at Kedarnath, arms at Tungnath, navel at Madhya-Maheshwar, face at Rudranath, and hair emerged at Kalpeshwar. Taken together, these five sites are known as Panch-Kedar. Pandavas got temples made at each of the 5 places.

Religious Significance

As it is stated above Rudranath Mahadev temple, where Prabhu Face emerged. Here Prabhu Shiva is also called Neelkanth Mahadev.

Architecture of Rudranath Mahadev Temple, Uttarakhand

There are different kunds nearby the temple which are Surya Kund, Chandra Kund, Tara Kund, Manas Kund, Vaitarani, Baitarani, and Rudraganga Rivers.

How to reach Rudranath Mahadev Temple, Uttarakhand?

By Train: The nearest Railway station is Haridwar from where you can take taxis directly to Panch Kedar. But it is recommended to take taxis from Rishikesh.
By Air: The nearest airport is Dehradun which is connected with all major cities around India. You can hire taxis from there or from Rishikesh.
Others: From Rishikesh, you can take taxis for Kedarnath and other Panch Kedar. The approximate distance from Rishikesh is 215 km to Village Sagar. The time for travel will be around 8 to 10 hours. After that, there is a track of 10 km approx. From there you have to reach for Gopeshwar from where you have to start the Trek. But do stay at Sagar Village and start in the morning.

Rudranath Mahadev Temple, Uttarakhand Timings

Rudranath Temple Opens just like Other Panch Kedar except for Kalpeshwar Mahadev. Temple Premises are open from May to Oct or From Akshay Tritya to Diwali. Temple is open from 6 AM to 9 PM daily.


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