Mystery of Panch Kedar

The Pandava princes were instructed to visit Uttarakhand to worship Lord Shiva as atonement for the havoc brought about by the Mahabharata battle. While hiding as a buffalo to elude the Pandavas, Lord Shiva was discovered by Bhima, one of the five Pandava brothers. The deity vanished after being recognised and emerged in five other Himalayan sites. Each of these locations is dedicated to a different aspect part of the Shiva.

Panch Kedar

1st Kedarnath

2nd Madhmaheshwar

3rd Tungnath

4th Rudranath

5th Kalpeshwar

The Kedarnath Temple is located in Uttarakhand's Rudraprayag district. Gaurikund is the starting point for the approximately 19-kilometer trek that leads to the Kedarnath temple.

Kedarnath (Hump of Lord Shiva)

The trek to Madhyamaheswar, which is 18 kilometres from Ukhimath and situated in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand, starts from Uniana.

Madhmaheshwar ( Belly of Lord Shiva)

Tungnath (Shiva's  Arms)

In the Rudraprayag district, at a height of 3,680 m, stands Tungnath, one of the tallest Shiva temples in the entire world. Pilgrims must make the easy 4-kilometre hike from Chopta to get here.

Rudranath (Shiva's Face)

A natural rock temple, located in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. To reach this temple, take a 5-km vehicle trip to Sagar Village and then go on an about 20-km hike.

Kalpeshwar (Shiva's Jata or Hair)

Among the revered Panch Kedar temples, this one in Chamoli is the only one that is always open. The temple is accessible from Urgam by a few kilometres of hiking trails.