If you are making a travel plan somewhere in the month of January and are looking for something different. That is, even if this trip is religious, and if it is too muscular, then you can plan a trip to the Tungnath Mahadev Temple. Tungnath Mahadev Temple situated on the mountain is amazing, can also enjoy snowfall.
Think about someplace where you can enjoy the snowfall and also get to know about spirituality. So there is no great trip at the same time. Today we are going to tell you about a similar place where you will feel that when you reach somewhere, just here. Tungnath is a mountain located in Rudraprayag district of Garhwal, Uttarakhand. It is situated on this mountain, ‘Tungnath Mahadev Temple’. It is one of the Panch Kedars of Bholenath.
It is located at an altitude of 3680 m (12073 ft), Tungnath Mahadev Temple is the highest Hindu Mandir dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is 1000 years old and is the second in the pecking order of the Panch Kedars. The structure is somewhat similar to the Kedarnath.
Geographic Information About Tungnath
Elevation: 3,680 m (12,073 ft)
Pandavas Built Tungnath Mahadev Temple
It is known about the construction of the temple that it was established by the Pandavas to please Lord Shiva. The legend behind this is that Bholenath was disgusted with the Pandavas from the massacre in Kurukshetra when only this temple was built to please him. Apart from this, it is also believed that Mata Parvati also meditated here to get Shiva.
Shiva Was Upset With The Pandavas
On the advice of sage Vyasa, they all reached Himalaya to meet Shiva but Shiva was angry due to Mahabharata war. Therefore, confusing them all, they took the form of buffalo (hence Shiva is also known as Mahesh) among the herds of buffaloes and left from there. But the Pandavas did not agree and Bhima chased the buffalo. In this way, Shiva left his body parts in five places. These places are called Kedardham i.e. Panch Kedar.
It is said that in Tungnath, the part of ‘Bahu’ means Shiva’s hand. This temple is believed to be around a thousand years old.
Velvet Grass, Ice Sheets And Beautiful Flowers
A beautiful view of snow starts around the Tungnath Mahadev Temple from November onwards. As far as the sight goes, looking at the velvety grass and the mountains and the surrounding snow, it feels like a sheet of snow. This view makes this place even more beautiful. Also, the flowers of blossoming blossoms which will not remove your eyes from them.
This Is Why Tungnath Is Associated With Lord Rama
It is said in the Puranas that Ramchandra used to worship Shiva as his god. It is said that after killing Lankapati Ravana, Ramchandra came and meditated on Chandrashila, one and a half kilometres from Tungnath. Ramchandra spent some time here. By reaching Chandrashila, situated at an altitude of fourteen thousand feet, you can enjoy the beauty of the vast Himalayas.
One Who Has Not Seen Chopta, Their Life Is In Vain
Shivalinga is brought here from Chopta due to snowfall during winter. During this time the villagers carry Shiva with full drum and keep it back in summer. During the British rule, Commissioner Atkinson said that anyone who did not see Chopta in his life, his life is meaningless.
When And How To Reach Tungnath Mahadev Temple
You can go to visit Tungnath anytime from May to November. But the time of January and February is liked by the people here. During this time there is a lot of snow here. To see Tungnath one has to go to Chopta from Rishikesh via Gopeshwar. After this, local resources are found for Tungnath. Apart from this, another route goes through Rishikesh via Ukhimath. You will have to go to Chopta from Ukhimath after that the resources for Tungnath Mahadev Temple are found.