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Located in a dense forest, Rudranath, the 3rd Pancha Kedar, stands at a height of 2286 m. The shrine is situated 23 kms away from Gopeshwer. This natural rock temple is home to the Mukh of Lord Shiva, referred to as Neelkantha Mahadeva, and is worshipped here.

This place is known for worshiping Lord Shiva as Neelkantha. This is the one and only temple in India where Shiva is venerated as a symbol of his face, a sublime, gentle appearance of Shiva, unique, tranquil, and truly wondrous.

Close to the Rudranath temple there is a collection of holy Kunds known as Surya Kund, Chandra Kund, Tara Kund, and Manas Kund. Visiting the Rudranath temple, one can take in a spectacular view of Hathi Parvat, Nandadevi, NandaGhunti, Trishuli and other mountains.

Panch Kedar - Rudranath

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After the battle of Kurukshetra, it was created when the bull (Lord Shiva) was broken apart and the Mukh or face of Lord Shiva appeared here.

Geographic Details

District Chamoli
Area 3.6 sq km
Elevation 2,286 m (7,500 ft)
Latitude 30.2711° N
Longitude 79.3028° E

Other Details

Language Hindi, Garhwali and Kumaoni.
Place Famous For Pilgrimages and Tourist Places.
Best Time to Visit Summers and Autumn.
Clothing When visiting in the winter, wool and jackets are advised.

How To Reach

By Road:
The most convenient route to Panch Kedar is by road. If you’re travelling from Delhi to Panch Kedar, you can take either a taxi or a bus. The nearest roadhead to Rudranath is Gopeshwar, which is well-connected to other parts of Uttarakhand by road. From Gopeshwar, one can trek for around 23 km to reach Rudranath.

By Train:
Dehradun and Kathgodam are the two closest railway stations to Panch Kedar, with Dehradun being 229 km away and Kathgodam 336 km away. The nearest railway station to Rudranath is Rishikesh railway station, which is around 226 km away.

By Air:
The nearest airport to Rudranath is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, which is around 247 km away.


Kedarnath (The Celestial Jyotirlingam) is the ancient and magnificent temple is located in the Rudra Himalaya range in Rudraprayag District of the northern state of Uttarakhand. In Kedarnath lord Shiva is worshiped as one of the twelve jyotirling (linga of light). This conical protrusion about five feet by four feet, or ‘jyothirlingam’ is worshipped as the idol in the Kedarnath temple. Other parts emerged at four other places: arms at Tungnath, face at Rudranath, belly at Madmaheswar and the locks of hair with head at Kalpeshwar. All the five shrines are worshiped as ‘Panch Kedar’.

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