Situated at the merging point of River Alaknanda and River Mandakini, the small town or Rudraprayag is a home to many temples. One of the hot shot places for pilgrims, one seeks inner peace and calmness here. It is said that the meeting of two rivers is witnessed like two sisters embracing each other which brings in a lot of tourists. With a lot of temples located here, this town invites the religious people. The main temples of Rudraprayad are the Jagdamba Temple and the Shiva Temple. Other important religious sites include Son Prayag and Okhimath which lie in close proximity to this town.
Places To SeeRudraprayag Temple
Situated at the confluence of the two rivers, Alaknanda and Mandakini, the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Mythology has it that it was here that the lord took on the form of ‘Rudra’ and blessed Saint Narad. Triyuginarayan
It is believed that Triyuginarayan was the capital of Himvat. It was here during the era of Satyug that Lord Shiva married Goddess Parvati. The havan kund which was used to conduct the marriage ritual is still burning. Couples collect the ashes from the kund to achieve marital bliss. Tip
: While visiting Triyuginarayan, you can also see the three kunds: Rudrakund, Vishnukund, and Brahmakund. Rudranath Temple
It is believed that it was here that the Pandavas from the mythological epic Mahabharata came to seek forgiveness from Lord Shiva for their sins. It is also believed that Lord Shiva’s body parts were discovered in the region and temple Rudranath is situated at the place where his head was found. In this temple, Lord Shiva is worshipped as Neelkantha Mahadeva. Agastyamuni
Nestled on the banks of the River Mandakini, Agastyamuni is named after the famous Hindu Sage Agastya Rishi, who meditated here. You can view images of the Hindu deities carved on the stone walls of the temple. Several fairs are organized here including the Baisakhi festival. Tip
: You can also go for fishing in River Mandakini. Pawan Hans Helicopter Services are also available from here to Kedarnath temple. Indrasani Mansa Devi Temple
Set in the Kandali Patti village, Indrasani Mansa Devi Temple honors Mansa Devi, the goddess of serpents. Visit the temple to appreciate the unique architectural style and enjoy the views of the Garhwal Mountains.
Things To DoTunganath
Located at the scenic Chandrashila Peak at an elevation of 3680 m above sea level, Tunganath is one of the ‘Panch Kedars’ or the five places where Lord Shiva’s body parts were found. It is believed that Tunganath is situated at the place where his hands were found. Inside the temple, you can see the statue of Adi Guru Shankaracharya. From here you can also enjoy the majestic views of Kedarnath peaks, Gangotri and Yamunotri. Tip
: While here, you can also visit other attractions such as Nandadevi Temple and Akash Ganga waterfall. Chandrashila
Set at about a height of 4000 m above sea level, Chandrashila is located in the Garhwal range of mountains and offers stunning views of the meadows and lakes as well as the views of Nandadevi, Trisul, Kedar Bandarpunch and Chaukhamba peaks. According to legends, the moon God Chandra meditated here. Tip
: There are several adventure activities such as scaling, skiing and trekking that one can indulge in here. Deoria Tal
The lake with crystal clear waters is located at 2438 m above sea level, at a distance of 3 km from Sari. It has great mythological value and it is said that it was here that Yaksha put forth questions to the Pandavas. The lake is surrounded by lush forests. Tip
: From Sari you would need to trek 2 kms to reach the lake. Gaurikund
This is a small but scenic village that forms the base for the trek to Kedarnath. You can also visit an ancient temple dedicated to the goddess Parvati. Legend has it that it was here that Parvati meditated to win the heart of Lord Shiva. The village takes its name from a hot water spring called Gaurikund. The waters of the kund are believed to have curative powers. Jakholi
Head to this small yet scenic village that offers plenty of opportunities for trekking. While here you can also visit the Chamunda Devi Temple and the Rudranath Temple set against the backdrop of the Garhwal mountains.