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The Rudranath temple at Gaurikund in Rudra Prayag 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.

Rudranath is 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.

The 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.

Accessibility:

Air
The closest airport is Jolly Grant at Dehradun, about 258 kilometers away.

Rail
The nearest railway station is at Rishikesh, 241 kilometers away.

Road
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.