Shri Tunganath Mahadev Temple is one of the Panch Kedar and is Tritya Kedar. Tungnath Temple has perched on the Chandrashila Parvat in the Tungnath mountain
range in Uttarakhand which is on the height of 12,073 feet and is the highest Shiva
temple. Tungnath Mahadev temple is located in Rudraprayag District in Dev Bhoomi
Uttrakhand. It is located just below Chandrashila Peak and is believed that Prabhu
Ram has done penance for Prabhu Shiva.
Tungnath Temple opens after Akshay Tritya and closes after Diwali. The best time to visit Panch Kedar is May till 1 st week of June and September to the closing date.
Do avoid visiting during the monsoon season as there is a lot of Landslides during this
period. People do visit in the winter season also but only for trekking and enjoying the peaks
of Chandrashila and Tungnath.
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 kinsmen, 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.