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Tungnath Overview

TUNGNATH 

Tungnath is a sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the Panch Kedar temples located in the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand, India. Here are some key details about Tungnath:

Location:

  • Tungnath is situated at an elevation of approximately 3,680 meters (12,073 feet) above sea level in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand.

Panch Kedar:

  • Tungnath is part of the Panch Kedar pilgrimage circuit, which includes five temples associated with different parts of Lord Shiva’s body. The other temples in the circuit are Kedarnath, Rudranath, Madhyamaheshwar, and Kalpeshwar.

Tungnath Temple:

  • The Tungnath Temple is the highest Shiva temple in the world and the third temple to be visited in the Panch Kedar circuit.
  • The temple is believed to be more than 1,000 years old and is constructed in the North Indian style of architecture.
  • The sanctum sanctorum houses the arm of Lord Shiva. The temple is closed during the winter months due to heavy snowfall.

Access:

  • Tungnath is accessible by road up to a certain point, beyond which pilgrims need to trek to reach the temple. The trek is moderate in difficulty and offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

Chopta:

  • Chopta, often referred to as the “Mini Switzerland of India,” is a picturesque meadow that serves as the base for the trek to Tungnath. It is a popular camping and trekking destination.

Chandrashila Peak:

  • Chandrashila, meaning “Moon Rock,” is a peak near Tungnath that offers panoramic views of the Himalayas, including Nanda Devi, Trishul, and Chaukhamba peaks. Many trekkers extend their journey to Chandrashila for the breathtaking sunrise and sunset views.

Trekking Route:

  • The trek to Tungnath involves a 3.5-kilometer uphill walk from Chopta. The trail passes through lush green meadows and dense forests, providing a serene and scenic experience.

Spiritual Significance:

  • Tungnath holds great spiritual significance for devotees of Lord Shiva. Pilgrims visit the temple to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva and complete the Panch Kedar pilgrimage.

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