Panch Kedar is the name given to a cluster of five temples which are dedicated to Lord Shiva and is visited by devout Shaivites.
Located in the Garhwal Himalayan region of Devbhoomi Uttarakhand, the famous and extremely spiritual pilgrimage of Panch Kedar is a must visit for every Shiva worshipper. Each of the Panch Kedar locations iscreated by the Pandava brothers as advised by sage Vyas Rishi who had told them to serve deep penance to Lord Shiva for killing their kin, Kauravas.
Pandavas went on The temples can be reached only after completing a trek of varying degrees since there are no motorable roads available which will lead up to the temple gates. This Yatra will prove for you to be the pilgrimage of a lifetime since it has all the essence of a sacred journey.
Here are the Panch Kedar destinations:
Literally meaning ‘lord of the peaks’ Tungnath is a 5000 year old temple which is located in the Rudraprayag district of Devbhoomi Uttarakhand. Perched at a height of 11,352 feet above sea level, this lord Shiva temple is not only the highest in the Panch Kedar Yatra circuit but it is also the highest Shiva temple in the world. Located on top of a ridge which divides Rivers Mandakini and Alaknanda this temple offers breathtaking sights of the surroundings making your journey worth it.
How To Reach – you will be required to trek, from Chopta to Tungnath which will be covered in 2 to 3 hours.
Best Time to Visit – April to November
Sitting majestically at an elevation of whopping 11,755 feet above sea level, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva who is worshipped here in the form of Lord Kedar.
Situated in the Garhwal Himalayan range right next to the holy Mandakini River this temple is also a part of the Chota Char Dham Yatra and is the highest Jyotirlingas which remains thronged with pilgrims during the open seasons. The presiding deity of the temple is in the form of an irregular lingam which also has images of his consort Goddess Parvati and the five Pandavas brothers.
How to Reach – the last motorable road to Kedarnath ends at Gaurikund and a 14 kms of trekking commences.
Best Time to Visit – May to June and September to October
Situated at a height of 11,800 feet above sea level against the backdrop of the mighty Garhwal Himalayan mountain ranges, Rudranath is a naturally created rock temple. Sitting comfortably inside a lush green thick forest of rhododendrons and alpine meadows, this is the place where Lord Shiva is worshipped as Neelkanth Mahadev.
One can savor the breathtaking views of the surrounding snow capped mountains which encircle the place.During winter season when the paths are closed off the deity’s image is brought to Gopeshwar for worshipping.
How to reach – you will be trekking from Helang – Urgam – Kalpeshwar and Dumak to Bansinarayan – Panar and Rudranath.
Best Time to Visit – May to November
This Lord Shiva temple is located in the Mansoona village of Garhwal Himalayan region and is located at an elevation of 11,473 feet above sea level. Visited 4th during the Panch Kedar DhamYatra circuit, this temple is also said to be built by the Pandavas brothers.
Located high on a ridge among the lush green meadows, this temple greets you with wide open spaces and immense serenity. One of the shrines present inside the temple premise is dedicated to Ardhanarishvar and pilgrims visit here during the on seasons.
How to Reach – the last road connectivity ends at Ukhimath and from there on you will be required to cover a distance of 16 kms by trekking.
Best Time to Visit– May to October
Situated at an elevation of 7,218 feet above sea level and sitting pleasantly in the lush Urgam Valley in the Garhwal Himalayan region, this temple is famed for being open for visitation throughout the year. Snow peaked mountains of Nanda Devi and other Garhwal Himalayan ranges can be witnessed clearly from here.
This temple was also a hub for spiritual activities during the ancient ages when it used to be flocked with sages for meditation. Trekking through the forested coverings and under the blue open skies will make your spiritual journey worthwhile.
How to Reach – the temple can only be reached by trekking, from Urgam village which has extremely well connected network of roads.
Best Time to Visit – throughout the year