Tungnath at an elevation of 3680 mts above sea - level in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand India. It is one of the most important of the Panch Kedars. It is also the highest of the Panch Kedars.
Tungnath is visited 3rd during the Panch Kedar Yatra. First comes Kedarnath , Madhmaheshwar then Tungnath , Kalpeshwar and Rudranath at the last.
Tungnath is visited by thousands of tourist and pilgrims from all over the world.
The Tungnath Temple The Panch Kedar 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 Tungnath temple is a beautiful rock temple. Inside the temple is an embedded dark rock representing the Swayambhu Bhuja or the arm of Lord Shiva.
At the gate of the temple sits Nandi the bull. The idols of Kalbhairav, Vyas , Goddess Parvati stand alongside of the shivaling in the temple.
The Tungnath 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 Mukunath and later duly returned on the opening of the temple.
It is believed that Lord Vishu got his sudarshan chakra after a severe penance here in Tungnath.
The daemon king Ravana is said to have performed penance here to please Lord Shiva.
It is said that Lord Shiva had himself explained the greatness of Tungnath to goddess Parvati in the 'Skanda Puran'.The Tungnath Temple was here built by the Pandavas in order to ask his for his forgiveness
Trek to Tungnath is a moderate grade trek which begins at Chopta. The trek usually takes 2 - 3 hrs and is a 4 - 5 kms trek.
Trekkers can enjoy the natural beautiful surrounding of Garhwal as they trek to the Tungnath Temple.
The Tungnath Temple Trek offers a fantastic 360° view of the Nanda Devi, Panchachullis, Bandarpooch, Kedarnath, Neelkant and the Chaukhamba peaks of the Garhwal himalayas.
The trek to Tungnath is considered as an extended part of Chardham yatra and is a combination of thrill, pilgrim and beauty.
Chopta It is a quite and beautiful hill station and a base camp for various trekking routes. Chopta is also well known for bird watching and is equally famous in the world among bird lovers and bird watchers.
Chandrashila Peak The summit is around 2kms above the Tungnath temple and has many legends associated with it. Chandrashila means Pillars of the Moon and is believed that moon god did severe penance here to please Lord Vishnu.
The trek is a beautiful medium grade trek from Tungnath Temple and a must do if going to Tungnath.
Tungnath Uttarakhand is a part of Garhwal tourism , and the local languages spoken are Gadhwali and Hindi. Accommodation options are available at Tungnath Temple.
The temple remains closed from November to March The best time to visit Tungnath would be from May - June as heavy snowfall during winters and landslides during rains can disrupt your journey.
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