Have You Ever Been To the Five Panch Kedar Temples of Lord Shiva?
Panch Kedar is a main reference to the five holy places dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated in Garhwal Himalayan area of Uttarakhand state, these holy shrines are subject to different legends that straightly link their existence to Pandavas, the heroes of the epic Mahabharata. Kedar Khand region is home to the five temples of Panch Kedar named as Kedarnath, Rudranath, Tungnath, Kalpeshwar and Madhyamaheswar. Due to heavy snowfall during the winter season, the temples are unapproachable and thus worshipped at Mokumath Gopeshwa and Ukhimath. The state is also famous for Panch Prayag, where five rivers and a group of seven of the sacred Hindu temples unite, that is dedicated to the Lord Vishnu to be found in Garhwal Himalayas.
Go through the following five tourist destinations of Panch Kedar in Uttarakhand:
Among all temples of Lord Shiva, the five shrine holy cluster is the most famous in the country, which is also known as Panch Kedar. As per the story goes in Mahabharata, when Pandavas were searching for Lord Shiva, He avoided detection by turning himself into a bull. However, when Bheema; one of the Pandavas tried to detain the bull, it disappeared and then reappeared in five locations that has been famously known as Panch Kedar ever since.
- Kedarnath Temple: Kedarnath temple, the holiest Hindu shrine of Lord Shiva near Mandakini River is one among twelve Jyotirlingas in the country. The temple is also counted among the four major sites in country’s Chota Char Dham pilgrimage of Northern Himalayas.
- Tungnath Temple: Located in Rudraprayag, this temple is the highest temple of Lord Shiva across the globe, which is also renowned as a trekking destination in the Himalayas.
- Rudranath Temple: As a natural rock temple located within the dense woods of Alpine pastures and rhododendron dwarfs, it is considered to be the roughest temple to be reached.
- Madhyamaheshwar Temple: Located in the scenic valley and one of the essential parts of Panch Kedar, it is the fourth temple you can visit in the Panch Kedar pilgrimage circuit.
- Kalpeshwar Temple: Situated in the beautiful Urgam valley in Garhwal, this is the only Panch Kedar temple that can be visited throughout the year.