Rudraprayag is a small town at an altitude of 3000 ft approx above sea - level in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. It lies on the Rishikesh to Badrinath route and is 142 kms from Rishikesh.
The town is located on the confluence of the river Alaknanda and the river Mandakani. The river from here then goes to Devprayag where is joins the Bhagirathi river and gets it name as the river Ganga.
Rudraprayag is one of the five sacred confluences in Gadhwal Uttarakhand and is an important place of yatra for the Hindu devotees. It is also one of the most important of the Panch Prayags.
Every year Rudraprayag is visited by thousands of tourist for Chardham yatra and sight seeing alike.
Legends believe that Lord Narad Muni performed intense penance to please Lord Shiva in order to teach him the mysteries of music. Lord Shiva was pleased with him and appeared in his Rudra avatar and thought him music in the Rudranath temple.
We can see pictures of Lord Narad with a rudra garland around his neck and singing praises of Lord Shiva. So the place came to be known as Rudraprayag.
Koteshwar Temple The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is a cave temple on the banks of the river Alaknanda. Several naturally formed idols can be found in the temple. It is believed that Lord Shiva meditated in these caves found in the temple.
Rudranath Temple The temple is also dedicated to Lord Shiva. Legends believe that Lord Shiva came here in the form of a music teacher and gave Lord Narad Muni music lessons. There is a rock known as Narad Shila which he used to worship as Lord Shiva. The temple is located on the confluence of river Alaknanda and river Mandakini
Chamunda Devi Temple The temple is also located on the confluence of river Alaknanda and river Mandakini. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali or Goddess Chamunda Devi. Goddess Chamunda or Goddess Parvati is also the wife of Lord Shiva.
Panch Prayag The Panch Prayag 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. Out of the five Panch Prayags 3 are situated in this holy of Rudraprayag. They are the Rudranath temple, Kedarnath Temple and the Madhmaheshwar Temple.
The Kartik Swami temple is dedicated to the eldest son of Lord Shiva i.e. lord Kartikeya. The temple is located around 40kms approx from Rudraprayag on the Rudraprayag-Pokhri Rd. It can be reached by a 3 km trek from Kanak Chauri village. The view from here is mesmerising.
The Basukedar Temple Basu means stay and Kedar means Lord Shiva in Garhwali. This is a 1000 yrs old temple of Lord Shiva built by the Pandavas. located approx 30kms from Rudraprayag.
Legends believe that Lord Shiva stayed a night here Basukedar while he was travelling to Kedarnath so the place got its name as Basukedar. In olden days when people used to travel on foot this was the original trek taken to Kedarnath and the pilgrims would spend a night in Basukedar.
The Panch Kedar Temple The Panch Kedar are 5 temples devoted to Lord Shiva and are a must visit when in Rudraprayag. The Panch Kedar Yatra begins in Kedarnath and ends in Rudranath. It is an extended form of the Char Dham Yatra.
Rudraprayag Uttarakhand is a part of Garhwal tourism , and the local languages spoken are Gadhwali and Hindi. The best time to visit Rudraprayag would be from January - June and September - October
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