Rudraprayag Tourism

Rudraprayag

Land of Lord Shiva

rudraprayagThe Rudraprayag district is located in the newly carved northern Indian state of Uttaranchal. It is one of the Panch prayags of the River Alaknanda. Rudraprayag is located at the confluence of the rivers Alaknanda and Mandakini. The routes to Kedarnath and Badrinath pilgrimages deviate from Rudraprayag, giving it a popular position in the state. The languages largely spoken in the region are Hindi, Garhwali and English. The sandhya aarti in Rudraprayag, is the highlight of the place. Rudraprayag is famous as the ‘Abode of Gods’. The man-eating leopard of Rudraprayag that was mentioned in the books written by Jim Corbett was the resident of this district.

The interesting places of visit in Rudraprayag are mentioned below:

Rudranath Temple

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This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, who resides in the temple as Lord Rudranath. This temple is located at the Sangam of Alaknanda and Mandakini. It is believed that Narada Muni worshipped Lord Shiva at this location, to learn music from him. Lord Shiva incarnated as Rudra, the Lord of Music and taught Narada music. There is a place known as Narad Shila at this temple, where Narada had performed his tapasya for Shiva.

Chamunda Devi Temple

This temple of Goddess Chamunda Devi is located at the confluence of the Alaknanda River. She is worshipped as the wife of Rudra, the Shiva Avatar in the temple.

Koteshwar

Koteshwar is the combination of 2 words-Koti and Ishwar, which mean Crore and God respectively. It is also a Lord Shiva temple, in the middle of natural caves. This cave temple is distanced at 3 kilometers from Rudraprayag and is located on the banks of the River Alaknanda. This temple is visited largely in the months of August and September, as Lord Shiva had once stayed at these caves, during these months.

Shree Tungeshwar Mahadevji

This centuries old temple of Lord Shiva is located in Phalasi. There are several small temples on the way to Tungeshwar from Chopta. It is believed that the Pandavas had performed penance in the temple premises. There are many terracotta style seals and Shiva Parvati figurines on the walls of the temple.

Kartik Swami

This temple, 38 kilometers from Rudraprayag is dedicated to Kartikeya, the son of Lord Shiva.

Basukedar

This temple is also dedicated to Lord Shiva and according to the local myths; Lord Shiva had resided in Basukedar before he made a journey to Kedarnath. Basukedar was constructed by the Pandavan kings. It is believed to be more than a 1000 years old! This place is located at a distance of 35 kilometers from Rudraprayag.

The serene lakes, gushing glaciers, sparkling rivers and exquisite flora and fauna can be found in Rudraprayag. However, the 2013 floods have proved to be a huge devastation to the region. Many of the tourist spots have been washed away. There has been a great loss of life and property in the area, which has hit the state’s economy drastically. The tourism industry has also been affected by this catastrophe.

 

Land of Lord Shiva

The Rudraprayag district is located in the newly carved northern Indian state of Uttaranchal. It is one of the Panch prayags of the River Alaknanda. Rudraprayag is located at the confluence of the rivers Alaknanda and Mandakini. The routes to Kedarnath and Badrinath pilgrimages deviate from Rudraprayag, giving it a popular position in the state. The languages largely spoken in the region are Hindi, Garhwali and English. The sandhya aarti in Rudraprayag, is the highlight of the place. Rudraprayag is famous as the ‘Abode of Gods’. The man-eating leopard of Rudraprayag that was mentioned in the books written by Jim Corbett was the resident of this district.

The interesting places of visit in Rudraprayag are mentioned below:

Rudranath Temple

This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, who resides in the temple as Lord Rudranath. This temple is located at the Sangam of Alaknanda and Mandakini. It is believed that Narada Muni worshipped Lord Shiva at this location, to learn music from him. Lord Shiva incarnated as Rudra, the Lord of Music and taught Narada music. There is a place known as Narad Shila at this temple, where Narada had performed his tapasya for Shiva.

Chamunda Devi Temple

This temple of Goddess Chamunda Devi is located at the confluence of the Alaknanda River. She is worshipped as the wife of Rudra, the Shiva Avatar in the temple.

Koteshwar

Koteshwar is the combination of 2 words-Koti and Ishwar, which mean Crore and God respectively. It is also a Lord Shiva temple, in the middle of natural caves. This cave temple is distanced at 3 kilometers from Rudraprayag and is located on the banks of the River Alaknanda. This temple is visited largely in the months of August and September, as Lord Shiva had once stayed at these caves, during these months.

Shree Tungeshwar Mahadevji

This centuries old temple of Lord Shiva is located in Phalasi. There are several small temples on the way to Tungeshwar from Chopta. It is believed that the Pandavas had performed penance in the temple premises. There are many terracotta style seals and Shiva Parvati figurines on the walls of the temple.

Kartik Swami

This temple, 38 kilometers from Rudraprayag is dedicated to Kartikeya, the son of Lord Shiva.

Basukedar

This temple is also dedicated to Lord Shiva and according to the local myths; Lord Shiva had resided in Basukedar before he made a journey to Kedarnath. Basukedar was constructed by the Pandavan kings. It is believed to be more than a 1000 years old! This place is located at a distance of 35 kilometers from Rudraprayag.

The serene lakes, gushing glaciers, sparkling rivers and exquisite flora and fauna can be found in Rudraprayag. However, the 2013 floods have proved to be a huge devastation to the region. Many of the tourist spots have been washed away. There has been a great loss of life and property in the area, which has hit the state’s economy drastically. The tourism industry has also been affected by this catastrophe.