Rudranath temple at Gaurikund in Rudra
district holds immense religious significanceas
one of the ‘Panch Kedars’ or the five forms of
lord Shiva. Located at an altitude of 2286metres
above sea-level, the temple is flanked by
various holy ponds viz., the Suryakund,
Chandrakund and Tarakund. The mountain formation
in the region resembles the face of Lord Shiva
and is hence called the ‘Rudramukh’. The legend
goes that Lord Narad meditated here to seek Lord
Shiva’s blessings and he appeared in his
incarnation as Rudra to bless Narad. Besides the
temple of Goddess Anusuya just 3 km away, one
also gets beautiful views of the other ranges -
Hathi parvat, Nanda Devi, Nanda Ghunti and
Trishuli. The temple itself is located in the
midst of thick forests replete with a wide range
of flora and fauna and makesfor a tranquil and
spiritually uplifting experience. Devotees
throng Rudranath to offer
homage to the dead since it is believed that the
soul of the dead passes from Rudraprayag here at
Vaitarani river (the water of salvation) while
transcending to another realm.
a very important site of pilgrimage in
Uttarakhand. At this site of devotion, it is the
face of Shiva that is paid homage as Neelkanth
Mahadev.. The temple of Rudranathis located at
an altitude of 2,286 meters, along the river
Vaitarani and amidst dense jungles. A visit to
Rudranath however is not for the feeble or the
faint hearted as it would necessarily involve
trekking through ridges at nearly twice that
height before reaching the fragrant flowery
fields where it is situated.
Devotees come to Rudranath to offer ritual
obeisance to their ancestors, for it is here, at
Vaitarani river (the water of salvation), that
the souls of the dead are believed to pass in
the process of moving from one world to another.
The place is 23 kilometers from Gopeshwar, 5
kilometers of which is motorable while the
remaining 18 kilometers has to be covered via
trek. The trail passes through vast wild
orchards and involves trekking over high ridges.
Rudranath temple is encircled by quite a few
pools - Surya Kund, Chandra Kund, Tara
Kund,Manas Kund - while the magnificent gigantic
and snow bound peaks of Nanda Devi, Trishul,
Devastan, Nanda Ghunti loom overhead.
The closest airport is Jolly Grant at Dehradun,
about 258 kilometers away.
The nearest railway station is at Rishikesh, 241
Rudranath is situated along the Gopeshwar-Kedarnath
Road. From Rishikesh, the entry point, Sagar is
219 kilometers. A 22 kilometers' trek from Sagar
will terminate at Rudranath.