is named after the Lord Shiva (Rudra),The entire
region of Rudraprayag is blessed with immense
natural beauty, lakes & glaciers , important
Hindu temples such as Kedarnath, Shankaracharya
Samadhi , Gaurikund ,Son Prayag , Panch Kedar ,Madmaheshwar,Tungnath,
Koteshwar , Guptkashi etc.
This small town , Rudraprayag , is situated at
the holy confluence of river Alaknanda and river
Mandakini , at a distance of 34 kms. From
Srinagar (Garhwal). The presence of two separate
routes for Badrinath and Kedarnath Dham from
Rudraprayag render great importance to the
place. There are more than 200 shrines dedicated
to Lord Shiva in district itself, the most
important one is Kedarnath.
Situated at an altitude of 3584 mts from the sea
level on the head of holy river Mandakani, the
great shrine of Kedarnath is amongst the holiest
pilgrimages for the Hindus. Majestic Kedarnath
is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord
Shiva.Lord Shiva is also called Kadar that's why
this tample is called Kadarnath.The Kedarnath
Temple has an imposing impressive sight,
standing in the middle of a wide plateau
surrounded by white snow covered mountains. The
present temple was built by Adi Shankaracharya
in 8th centuary A.D. The tample stands adjacent
to the site of an earlier temple which is
belived to be built by the great Pandavas. The
inner walls of the tample are decorated with
figures of various deities and scenes from
mythology.A large statue of the Nandi Bull
stands out side the tample as a guard of Lord
Shiva. The tample is believed to be more than
1000 years old.The architecture of Kedarnath
temple is a wonder to the mordern architects, as
to how those heavy slabs of stones had been
placed perfectly in those earlier days. The
tample is built of extremely large, heavy and
evenly cut grey slabs of stones.
On the way to Kedarnath , Son Prayag is situated
at the confluence of river Basuki and Mandakani.
This holy place,Son Prayag,has a great
importance in religious people. It is believed
that a mere touch of the holy water of Son
Prayag helps one to attain the Baikunth Dham or
Shankaracharya Samadhi is in Rudraprayag
District.It is located just behind the holiest
tample of Hindu's Kedarnath .It is believed that
after setting up the four Dhams in India, Adi
Guru Shankaracharya went into his samadhi at an
early age of 32 years.
The temple of Madmaheshwar is one of Panch
Kedars The rigid journey to this place involves
many sacred places and one see the unparell
beauty of nature .The journey is truely very
adventurous .The treck starts from Guptkashi to
Kalimathand than from Kalimath to Madmaheshwar
.The route is full of wild unparalleled scenic
beauty and engulfed by Chaukhamba, Kedarnath and
Neelkanth peaks.Before reaching to Madmaheshwar
one sees the Gaundar at the confluence of
Madmeshwar Ganga and Markanga Ganga.Lord Shiva
is worshipped here in the form of belly.
The five tample of Lord Shive are called Panch
Kadar and these temples are Kedarnath,
Kalpnath,Tungnath, Madmaheshwar and Rudranath
which form the Panch Kedar.
Guptkashi is situated at an altitude of 1319 mts
above the sea level.Guptkashi has a great
singnifance in devootee .it is as revered as
Kashi because the two streams of the Ganga and
the Yamuna are believed to meet. The ancient
temple of Vishwanath ,Ardhnareshwar and
Manikarnik Kund are the main places of
attraction in Guptkashi.
Koteshwar Temple is situated on the holy bank of
river Alaknanda at a distance of 3 kms. from the
heart of Rudraprayag. The Koteshwar temple is in
the form of a cave temple. There are many idols
which have been formed naturally. It is said
that Lord Shiva did meditation here before going
to the Kedernath . A great fair is held here in
months of August and September and thousands of
devotees of Lord Shiva come here to worship him.
As Rudraprayag is a district of temples which
have a great religious importance to the Hindu's
,it hosts a number of festivals and events round
the year such as the season at the "Kedarnath"
temple or at "punch Kedar".The prayer at these
great temple is no less than any festivals
therefore there has always been festivals and
events in the district Rudrapyayag.
Places like Guari Kund , Son Prayag ,
Madmaheshwar , Shankaracharya Samadhi and
Guptkashi have fairs round the year , because
these places are always visited by the pilgrims
and the devotees not only from India but also
from around the world for religious and other
Excursions Around Rudraprayag
Famous for the hot water sprigs and it's
miraclous healing power this hamlet is also
serves as the trekking base to Kedarnath.
It is said that this place has witnessed the
wedding of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati .Their
marriage was solemnised in front of the Shiva
Temple where an eternal flame has been lightning
since their wedding. Tri-Jugi Narayan is
situated at a distance of 12 Kms.from Sonprayag.
This crystal clear,unspoilt,untouched by the
mordern civilisation is located at the distance
of 2 Kms. away from Kedarnath. Vasuki Lake
Situated at a high altitude of 4,135 Mts. above
the sea level Vasuki lake surrounded by the
fabulous snow -clad mountains and greenery.It
offers a picturesque view of the the Chaukhamba
peak and other Mountain peaks of the Himalaya.
The holy place Son-Prayag is situated at the
confluence of river "Basuki" and "Mandakani"
.The height of this place is 1,829 Mts. above
the sea level and it is situated on the way
Kedarnath . Son Prayag has immense religious
significance among the Hindu and it is said that
a dip in the holy water of Son Prayag helps
devotees to attain the Baikunth Dham.
Rudraprayag is the confluence of the Rivers
Mandakini and Alaknanda. It is believed that
sage Narad meditated here for several years at
the temple of Rudranath. The temple is situated
at the meeting point of the two rivers.
Rudraprayag is one of the five famous prayags of
Garhwal in Uttaranchal. The river Mandakini
flows from the Kedarnath while Alaknanda flows
from the Alkapuri glacier beyond Badrinath.
Rudraprayag lies on the famous pilgrimage route
of Kedarnath and Badrinath. From Rudraprayag,
you can go on excursion to Chamoli, Gopeshwar,
Pipalkoti, Agastya Muni and Helong. All these
towns are famous for ancient temples dating from
7th century AD up to 12th century AD. Nearby
town of Srinagar is the famous educational town
of Garhwal. There are several ancient temples in