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Pilgrimages of Uttarakhand - Rudraprayag district


Agastmuni (Rudraprayag district) (1000 m):

Agastmuni About 18 km from Rudraprayag.

Nature:
Agastmuni is located on the bank of of river Mandakini.

Temples:
It is believed that sage Agastya meditated here for many years. There is a temple by name Agasteshwar Mahadev.

Gaurikund (Rudraprayag district) (1982 m):

Gaurikund About 4 km from Sonprayag.

Temples:
It is believed that Devi Parvati meditated on Lord Shiva here. Gauri Kund is a hot water pond where pilgrims take bath before entering the Gauri Devi temple. This is the last bus station. From here the 14 km trek to Kedarnath starts.

Guptakashi (Rudraprayag district) (1319 m):

Guptakashi About 27 km from Agastamuni.

Nature:
Guptakashi is in the northern himalayan belt within the Mandakini river valley with lush green forest.

Temples:
Guptakashi has an importance like Kashi. According to legend, after the Kurukshetra battle the Pandavas wanted to meet Shiva and seek His blessings. But Lord Shiva evaded them again and again due to the unjust events of the battle. The Lord hid himself in Guptakashi in the form of a Nandi bull. But the Pandavas pursued Him in Guptakashi. When Bhima tried to catch hold of the Nandi bull, Nandi vanished into an underground cave at Guptakashi. So the place is called Guptakashi or hidden Kashi. Later Shiva reappreared in five diiferent forms in five places which are known as Pancha Kedar.

3 km from Guptakashi is Ramgarh or Ronitpur which is believed to be the place where Aniruddha (grandson of Sri Krishna) met Usha (daughter of Banasur).

Kedarnath Jyotirlinga:

Sri Kedarnath Jyotirlinga, Rudraprayag district, Uttarakhand Sri Kedarnath Jyotirlinga, Rudraprayag district, Uttarakhand Puranic Event:
The Kedarnath Jyotirlinga is situated in Badaryashrama. Nara and Narayana, two incarnations of Lord Vishnu worshipped Lord Shiva here. Lord Shiva appeared before them and granted the boon of staying there as Jyotirlinga.
(from Shiva Purana, Koti-Rudra Samhita - Ch 19)

According to another legend, after the Kurukshetra battle the Pandavas wanted to meet Shiva and seek His blessings. But Lord Shiva evaded them again and again due to the unjust events of the battle. The Lord hid himself in Kedarnath in the form of a bull. But when the Pandavas pursued Him in Kedarnath, the Lord dived inside the ground leaving the hump on the surface. Lord Shiva reappeared at four other places which together form the Pancha Kedar (Hump at Kedarnath, Arms at Tunganath, Face at Rudranath, Navel at Madmaheshwar and locks with the head at Kalpeshwar).


Pilgrimage:
The Kedarnath Jyotirlinga is identified with the Kedarnath temple in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. The temple is located at an altitude of 3581 m.

For more details refer to Kedarnath Jyotirlinga from Shiva Purana.


Rudra Prayag at the confluence of rivers Alakananda and Mandakini in Uttarakhand Himalayas (610 m):

Rudra Prayag - One of the Pancha Prayag of Uttarakhand Himalayas located at the confluence of rivers Alakananda and Mandakini: Rudra Prayag (610 m) is one of the Pancha Prayag of Uttarakhand Himalayas. It is located at the confluence of rivers Alakananda and Mandakini. It is said that sage Narada worshipped Lord Shiva in this place to learn the finer points of music. There is a Narada Shila indicating the place where sage Narada meditated. There are ancient temples of Rudranath and Chamunda Devi in this place. The routes to Kedarnath and Badrinath bifurcates at Rudra Prayag. Rudra Prayag is around 70 km from Dev Prayag and 140 km from Rishikesh.

- Pancha Prayag: Rudra Prayag is one of the Pancha Prayag of Uttarakhand Himalayas.
(Pancha Prayag of Uttarakhand are: Dev Prayag, Karna Prayag, Nanda Prayag, Rudra Prayag and Vishnu Prayag)

- River Alakananda: The river Alakananda arises from the Bhagirathi Kharak and Satopanth glaciers on the eastern slopes of Chaukhamba Massif. It flows past the famous Badrinath temple.

- River Mandakini: The river Mandakini arises from the Chorabari glacier near Kedarnath. It flows past the famous Kedarnath temple.

- Rudra Prayag is located in the Rudra Prayag district of Uttarakhand.


Sonprayag (Rudraprayag district) (1829 m):

Sonprayag About 28 km from Guptakashi.

Nature:
Sonprayag is the confluence of rivers Vasuki and Mandakini.

Temples:
The confluence of Sonprayag is considered to be a very holy place. Kedarnath is 19 km from here and Triyuginarayan is around 14 km.



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