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