Rudranath temple located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand is one of the Panch Kedar pilgrimages believed to be built by Pandavas and dedicated to Lord Shiva.
This rock temple is situated within a dense forest of rhododendron dwarfs and Alpine pastures. The face (mukha) of god Shiva is worshipped as "Nilkanth Mahadeva" here. Literally, the word ‘Rudranath’ means ‘Him who is Angry’. This temple also possesses idols of Draupadi, Kunti and Pandavas.
Rudranath temple is the toughest one to reach in comparison with other temples of Panch Kedar. The Himalayan peaks adding to the glory of Rudranath are Nanda Devi, Trishul and Nanda Ghunti. The Nanda Devi and the snow-covered peaks of Trishul are visible from the front of the Rudranath temple. The temple opens every year in the month of April / May and closes in the mid of November. During the winters the idol of the temple is moved to Gopeshwar and later returned on the opening of the temple. The temple celebrates an annual fair on the full moon day in the Hindu month of Sravan (July/August) around the day of Rakshabandhan.
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