Rudranath is at an elevation of 2286 mts above sea - level in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand India. It is one of the most important of the Panch Kedars. It is also the difficult to access of the Panch Kedars. Rudranath is visited by thousands of tourist and pilgrims from all over the world.
The Panch Kedars temples are dedicated to Lord Shiva. The hump is worshipped at Kedarnath , the arms at Tungnath , the face at Rudranath , the navel at Madhmaheshwar and the head at Kalpeshwar.
The Rudranath temple is a beautiful rock temple. Inside the temple is an embedded dark rock representing the Swayambhu shivaling of the face of Lord Shiva.
Legends believe that Lord Shiva had himself explained the greatness of Rudranath to goddess Parvati in the 'Skanda Puran' that this is the third tirth and the best of all yatras and the ancestors of those who offer pinda tarpan here find a place in Shivalok.
Rudranath offers a fantastic 360° view of the Nanda Devi, Panchachullis, Bandarpooch, Kedarnath, Neelkant and the Chaukhamba peaks of the garhwal himalayas.
The temple opens every year in the month of ( April - May ) depending upon the climatic conditions and closes gate in the third week of November. During the winters the idol of the temple is moved to Gopeshwar and later duly returned on the opening of the temple.
Rudranath in Chamoli Uttarakhand is a part of Garhwal tourism , and the local languages spoken are Gadhwali and Hindi.
Heavy snowfall during winters and landslides during rainy season can disrupt your visit to this shrines so the summer season from March to June is the best time to visit Rudranath.
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