Tungnath is the highest Shiva temple in the world and is the highest of the five Panch Kedar temples located in the Rudraprayag district, in the state of Uttarakhand. Tungnath is perched at an elevation of 3, 680 metres above sea level and is considered to be more than 1,000 years old.
The region receives heavy snowfall during winters making Tungnath temple tough to access. The altitude of Tungnath temple is approx 3600 mts. Tungnath trek is well laid and doesn’t necessarily required guide except during peak winters when the area is covered with snow.
Apart from being a popular pilgrimage destination, Tungnath is continously becoming a popular trekking and adventure destination. Tungnath is identified as the place where the bahu (hands) were seen: hump was seen at Kedarnath; head appeared at Rudranath; his navel and stomach surfaced at Madhyamaheshwar; and his jata (hair or locks) at Kalpeshwar.
His cube appeared in Kedarnath, daughter-in-law in Tungnath, head in Rudranath, navel in Madhyameshwar and javelin in Kalpeshwar. A temple Tungnath Temple was built by the Pandavas to worship and please Lord Shiva. The name of the temple is derived as ‘Tung’ meaning weapons and ‘Nath’ symbol of Lord Shiva.
There is a high chance of slipping on the snow during your visit to the Tungnath Temple, so carry waterproof trekking shoes and you can also carry a stick for extra assistance during the trek. You must carry trekking shoes, winter jacket, sunscreen, water and regular medicines during your visit to Tungnath temple.
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