Tungnath Temple- Highest Temple of Shiva in the World
Tungnath Temple is the highest temple of Shiva in the world, which is a sacred place at the height of the mountains. This sacred place enchants anyone with snow-capped mountain peaks, lush green hills, and lush green forests. There are five Kedar in Uttrakhand and Tungnath Temple is one of these Kedar.
Tungnath Temple is a religious place as well as a very famous tourist place which is visited by travelers from all over the world. The beauty and the layer of spirituality influence around this temple gives a feeling of peace and positivity.
Think about a place where you can do adventurous activity along with the experience of pureness and spirituality this will become the most exciting trip for anyone. Tungnath is the place where you can experience both.
There are five Kedar which also called Panch Kedar and Tungnath Temple is the highest and Tritiya Kedar (third Kedar) among these Panch Kedar. The Temple is situated at the height of 3,680 m (12,073 ft) which makes this temple the highest temple of Shiva in India and as well as in the world.
The Tungnath Temple lies at the top of the peak from which divides the waters of the Mandakini River from the Alaknanda River. This temple is undoubtedly the highest of temple Lord Shiva in the world but it is not very difficult to reach here. The location of this temple at such height does not prevent the devotees from reaching here, but it fills them with enthusiasm.
From Chopta the distance to reach Tungnath temple is just 5 km and you can reach the temple by trekking from Chopta. The view of the mountains is so mesmerizing from the height at which this temple exists, which will enchant anyone.
It is said that the Tungnath temple is linked with the Pandavas from the Mahabharata epic, and it is believed that the Pandavas built these temples. It is said that after slaying their relatives in the battle of Kurukshetra, Vyasa Rishi advised the Pandavas that they should go to the shelter of Shiva to repent.
After this, the Pandavas consistently started searching for Shiva, but due to the crime of Pandavas, Shiva was avoiding them. As to avoid them, Shiva appeared as a bull and remained hid in an underground place at Guptakashi, where Pandavas pursued him. Afterward, Shiva’s body as bull’s body parts rematerialized in five different areas, which we know as Panch Kedar.
The Pandavas built the temples at each place to worship and worshiped lord shiva to seeking pardon and blessings. Tungnath is recognized as where the bahu (hands) were seen; bump was seen at Kedarnath; head showed up at Rudranath; his navel and stomach surfaced at Madhyamaheshwar and his Jata (hair or locks) at Kalpeshwar.
It has been said by historians that this temple is approx 1000 years old and still stands so firmly at the peak of mountains. it is really incredible and shows that the ancient architecture of India was extremely frantic and high level.
Green forests, high mountains, snow-covered peaks, how can no one get attracted to it. As we all Know that Tungnath temple is the highest temple of Shiva and this thing attracts adventure lovers. people who love to explore adventure places this shrine ends the journey of those people. Despite having the height of 3,680 m (12,073 ft) anyone can reach the temple by trekking 5 km from Chopta to Tungnath. The snow paved trekking path also has the benches on the side of the trek to give more comfort to the trekker.
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