Tungnath is one of the highest Shiva temples in the world. Tungnath is situated on Chandranath Parvat and the highest Panch Kedar Temple located in Rudraprayag district in Uttrakhand.
The temple is at an elevation of 3470 meters above sea level. Just below the peak of Chandarshila. The name Tungnath means Lords of Peak.
Lord Shiva in Tungnath at this temple is worshiped by the local Brahmin from Makku village.
Historical Background of Tungnath:
According to the Hindu tradition, Lord Shiva and his other half Parvati both used to live in the Himalayas.
Lord Shiva used to reside on Mount Kailash whereas Parvati was called Shail Putri “daughter of hills”. Besides having brilliant architecture and artistic structure, The temple is considered to be more than 1000 years old.
The Tunganath is linked to the origin of the Panch Kedar temples built by the Pandavas. The Pandavas built temples at each of the locations to worship Lord Shiva.
Each temple is identified with each part of Lord Shiv’s body such as Tuganath is identified as Arms, hump in Kedarnath, head appeared at Rudranath navel and stomach identified at Madhyamaheshwar and his hairs (commonly known as Jata) at Kalpeshwar.
People believed that Lord Rama, the main character of Ramayana, used to meditate at the Chandrashila peak which is near Tungnath.
How to Reach Tungnath:
By Road: Tungnath can be reached from Kund-Gopeshwar road up to Chopta about 212 km. One can easily find a taxi service is easily available.
The nearest location is Chopta, one has to do a trek of 3 km to reach Tungnath temple.
By Rail: The nearest railway station is located in Rishikesh railway station located at a distance of 205 km from Tungnath.
By Air: The Jolly Grant airport is the nearest airport located in Dehradun at 223 km from Tungnath.
Climate and Scenic Views:
The Tungnath is at the top ridge, has wooded hills with rich flora and fauna. The climate is generally cold throughout the year, during summer the climate is very astonishing. From the height of Tungnath, it serves as a breath-breaking and bird-eye view.
During the summers the cold breezing winds give everlasting peace, relax the mind. Whereas the winters are very cold, the temperature is below freezing point as a result of which the temple remain closed for around 6 months and experiences a very snowfall.
The area is rich in Flora and Fauna, one can spot Monal and Musk Deers, oak forests in the region.
You are advised to visit the temples from April to September. According to the latest updates, the temples will be open from 17 May 2021.
Nearby Location and Trekking Places:
The Panch Kedar:
- Chandrshila Top
Hotels nearby and Food Guides:
One can find small rooms there but the space is limited so you must prefer booking a room in Chopta.
A large number of the tourist prefer living in Chopta in Tent Camps so you must book one of them.
Maggie, Tea, Dal, Rice, and Seasonal vegetables are the food that can be easily available in the way to the Trekk.
Use of Alcohol and non-vegetarian food is strictly prohibited there.