Tunganath Temple



Tunganath Mahadev Temple is a sacred Hindu temple located in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand, India. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and it is the highest Shiva temple in the world, situated at an altitude of 3,680 meters above sea level. The temple is part of the Panch Kedar pilgrimage, which comprises five ancient temples dedicated to Lord Shiva.


The temple has a rich history and legend associated with it. According to Hindu mythology, after the great war of Mahabharata, the Pandavas set out to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva to wash off their sins. Lord Shiva, however, was not willing to forgive them and decided to flee to the Himalayas. The Pandavas followed Lord Shiva, but he continued to elude them. Lord Shiva then took the form of a bull and dived into the earth, with only his hump remaining visible. The hump is believed to have reappeared at Tunganath, and that is where the temple was constructed.



The temple is a beautiful example of the traditional North Indian style of architecture. The temple is made of stone, and it has a slanted roof made of wooden tiles. The walls of the temple are adorned with intricate carvings and sculptures depicting various Hindu deities. The main sanctum houses the lingam, the symbol of Lord Shiva. The temple also has several smaller shrines dedicated to other Hindu deities.

Pooja timing

The temple is open from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm for darshan. The priests perform regular puja and aarti during the morning and evening hours. The temple also conducts special poojas and homas on special occasions such as Mahashivratri, Navratri, and Diwali.


Best time to visit

The best time to visit the Tunganath Mahadev Temple is during the summer months, from April to June, when the weather is pleasant, and the skies are clear. The temple is open from May to November, and during the winter months, the temple is closed due to heavy snowfall.

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