Tungnath

A brief description about Tungnath

Tungnath is a famous tourist attraction in the state of Uttarakhand. Situated on the Chandranath Mountain in the district of Uttrakhand, India, Tungnath primarily refers to the 'Lord of Peaks' which appears the Alaknanda and Mandakini river valleys. Tungnath is also considered as one of the holy Panch Kedar. The holy town of Tungnath is located at an elevation of about 3,680 mts and is about 1,000 years old.

The temple here is the utmost of the five Panch Kedar temples that are located in the Tungnath mountain range. Besides, the Lord Shiva Temple in Tungnath is tagged as one of the highest temples in the world.

From here you can also view Akash Ganga Waterfalls located near to tungnath, which possesses a temple devoted to Nanda Devi. This ancient temple abodes a statue of Saint Adi Sankaracharya and can be easily approachable from the Tungnath Temple. The Tungnath Mountain is the major source of three water streams, which ultimately form the Akashkamini River. The Tungnath temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and few deities of Goddess Parwati and other Lords can be seen in the surrounding.

Tungnath Legend and mythological importance

It is believed to be that the Tungnath temple was constructed by Pandavas (Warrior & Heroes of Kurukshetra war) throughout the Mahabharata period for gratifying Lord Shiva. Vyas Rishi advised them that they are responsible of murder of their own cousins in the war and their sins would be washed only if Lord Shiva forgiven them. Pandavas started to look for Lord Shiva in the Himalayas ranges and Lord Shiva kept evading them because they were guilty. Thus, Lord Shiva veiled in the form of Bull and gone into ground with diverse body part appeared at different places. Tungnath temple is the place where the hands of Lord Shiva were allegedly seen.

Tungnath trekking destination

Trekking is famous tourist activity in this region as tungnath possesses wide-ranging trekking tracks. Chopta, located at the distance of 2.5 km from Tungnath is considered as perfect destination for trekking. This stone tiled trekking way has benches and pink, mauve, and white rhododendron. Trekkers can also discover the trekking track that attachs all the Panch Kedar temples in Tungnath. The trek to temple is moderate level which starts from Chopta. The trek to Tungnath generally takes 2 to 3 hrs and is a 4kms trek. The area receives heavy snowfall through winters making Tungnath temple hard to access. The Kedarnath Wildlife sanctuary is an ultimate place for an outing from Tungnath.

The majestic views of the magnificent Himalayas enhances with confidence in the heart of the trekkers. The region is frequently visited by several tourists between the month of September and October, when fairs like Deepawali and Vinayaka Chaturthi are celebrated. Moreover, during April to November, Tungnath is perfect place for adventure sport activities and sighseeing

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