Rudranath Temple is one of the Panch Kedars. It is situated in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state of India at a height of 2,286 m above the sea level. The temple, dedicated to the Hindu Lord Shiva, the face of Lord Shiva is worshipped as Neelkantha Mahadeva. The temple is a rock temple and holds a great religious significance among the Hindus.
According to mythology, after the war of Mahabharata, Pandavas came to Himalayas to seek forgiveness from Lord Shiva for their sins. However, Lord Shiva did not wish to meet them and escaped in the form of Nandi Bull. The Pandavas spotted the bull in Guptakashi and tried to catch him but in vain. Later, Lord Shiva’s body parts were discovered at five different places of the Garhwal region, which are known as Panch Kedar now. The Rudranath Temple stands on the spot where His face was found.
Tourists can see the Nanda Devi, Trishul and Nanda Ghunti Himalayan peaks from the site.
Best time to visit Rudranath
May to October is the best time to visit Rudranath
How To Reach Rudranath
Rudranath by Air
Nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun, 258 km.
Rudranath by Rail:
The nearest railhead, Rishikesh is 241 km.
Rudranath by Road
Rudranath is located on Gopeshwar-Kedarnath Road. From Rishikesh, the entry point is at Sagar is 219 km.