Five Abode of Lord Shiva
Panch Kedar Yatra refers to five Hindu temples of Lord Shiva, Kedarnath, Tungnath, Rudranath, Madhyamaheswar and Kalpeshwar. It is one the most difficult pilgrimage tour in India,where they reached by trekking. The Panch Kedar Yatra lies in the valleys between the rivers Bhagirathi and Alaknanda.
Kedarnath: Kedarnath range stands one of the twelve ‘Jyotirlingas’ of Lord Shiva. Lying at an altitude of 3584 mts. on the head of river Mandakini, the shrine of Kedarnath is amongst the holiest pilgrimages for the Hindus. Kedarnath is a majestic sight, snow covered peaks. The temple built in the 8th century by Adi Shankaracharya, stands adjacent to the site of an earlier temple built by the Pandavas. Kedarnath temple is said to be more than a 1000 years old. Built of extremely large, heavy and evenly cut gray slabs of stones.
Tungnath: The arm of Lord Shiva came out at this place as per Kedarnath myth. Tungnath temple is situated at an altitude of about 3680 m above sea level, the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is the highest Shiva Shrine among the Panch Kedar, 3 km uphill from Chopata. It is the highest temple of lord shiva in world.
Rudranath: The shrine is 23 km from Gopeshwar at 2286 m. The Mukhor face of Lord Shiva os worshipped as Neelkanth Mahadev here. The temple site provides splendid views of Hathi Parvat, Nanda Devi, Nanda Ghunti, Trishuli. Suryakund, Chandrakund, Tarakund, etc. are the holy kunds situated nearby.
Madmaheshwar: It is said that the navel of Lord Shiva reappeared at this shrine after disappearing at Kedarnath. Shiva is worshipped Madmaheshwar in the form of a navel shaped lingam. This Shrine is 31 km from Guptkashi at an altitude of 3289 m. The temple can be approached by a trek through the famous Sidha Peeth of Kalimath. Wild, unparalleled scenic beauty and incredible landscapes distinguish the distance from Kalimath to Madmaheshwar. We can see Chaukhamba, Kedarnath and Neelkanth peaks from here.
Kalpeshwar: The Jata of Lord Shiva are worshipped in this small rock temple at the height of 2134 m before the matted, tresses of Shiva enshrined in rock in the sanctum and sanctorum. The sanctum is preceded by a natural cave passage. This temple is located in Urgam valley. This shrine is a delight for the tourists with striking views of valley with terraced fields and lush green forests.