Tungnath temple, Panch Kedar, Rudraprayag, Uttrakhand

Tungnath temple in Uttarakhand is situated in Chandranath Parbat. It is considered as one of the sacred temple in Uttarakhand. The temple is the highest peaked temple located 3630 meters above the sea level. It is one the mostly visited pilgrimage temple in Uttarakhand.

The temple is known for its amazing architectural beauty that promotes its artistic designs which are around 1000 years old. The temple is proudly dedicated to Lord Shiva and it also consists of few idols of goddess Parvati and other gods and goddesses can also be seen in the premises.

Lord Shiva Idol

Lord Shiva Idol


The temple was primarily discovered by Adi Shankaracharya and at present a local Brahmin of Maku village is the priest at service. The legendary story of the Tunganath temple is in association with the epic Mahabharata. Vyas rishi said to have told the pandavas that they were guilty for killing their own brothers in the war and the sin that they have created will be excused only if lord Shiva pardon them. The search for lord Shiva began by the pandavas and Lord Shiva decided to avoid them.

In order to avoid the Pandavas, Lord Shiva disguised himself as a mighty bull and took shelter underground. Thus, the places where the parts of bulls are found are designed into a Shiva temple. Likewise, Tunganath temple is said to have erected as the bull’s hand was found in there.

Temple Enterence

Temple Entrance

About Tungnath temple:

Tungnath temple has the river Mandakini and Alkananda that are raising from Kedarnath and Badrinath. The Tungnath peak is also the water source or water springs. The place is covered by green belt agriculture land, alpine meadows and beautiful flowers that makes the place perfect to visit. The temple is closely dedicated to Shiva and thus it is considered to be the most sacred place of all. Tungnath temple resembles a lot like Kedarnath temple but there are a minute changed in the architecture.

Temple View

Temple View

The place also offers many tourists and trekking spots for every visitor. There are many options such as, Chandrashila peak, Chopta village and Guptakshi which makes this place an ideal place of visit and worship.

How to reach:

  • The best time to visit Tunganath temple is during summer and the atmosphere is cool and beautiful. The nearest airport to this temple is Jolly grant, Dehradun. Once reached you must use the road transport to reach the temple.
  • The railway transportation is readily available from Haridwar to almost all the parts of the city.
  • If you are choosing the road transport then you are indeed lucky. There are many buses available to the temple from all parts of the country regularly.

There are many tourist facilities available such as accommodation and food all the time making this a comfortable and decent place of visit. The temple is traveled by thousands of religious tourists every year especially during the time of “Char Dham Yatra”. The place in an excellent choice and all the devotees are attracted to the temple and this comes to seek peace of mind.

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