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Pancha Kedars


5 Temples of Lord Shiva (in Uttarakhand) connected with the legend of the Pandavas.

Puranic Event: After the Mahabharata battle, the Pandavas wanted to atone the sin of killing their relatives. So they went to Kashi to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva was disturbed by the acts of killings and dishonesty in the Mahabharata battle. So he avoided the Pandavas by leaving Kashi and going to Guptakashi (in the current Rudraprayag district) and abiding there secretly. When the Pandavas went to Guptakashi, they recognized Lord Shiva in the form of a bull. Bhima caught the bull by its tail and hind legs, but the bull disappeared inside the ground. Later, five different parts of the bull appeared in five different places which form the Pancha Kedars. The Pandavas built temples in these five places.
(Note: PP stands for Paadal Petra Sthalam)

1. Kedarnath Temple {PP-11.2}

Kedarnath Temple - The Hump of the Bull form of Lord Shiva appeared here.
- Kedarnath Temple (Rudraprayag district, Uttarakhand)

2. Tunganath Temple

Tunganath Temple - The Arms of the Bull form of Lord Shiva appeared here.
- (Rudraprayag district, Uttarakhand)

3. Rudranath Temple

Rudranath Temple - The Face of the Bull form of Lord Shiva appeared here.
- (Chamoli district, Uttarakhand)

4. Madhyamaheshwar Temple

Madhyamaheshwar Temple - The Navel of the Bull form of Lord Shiva appeared here.
- (Rudraprayag district, Uttarakhand)

5. Kalpeshwar Temple

Kalpeshwar Temple - The Hairs of the Bull form of Lord Shiva appeared here.
- (Chamoli district, Uttarakhand)

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