TUGNATH is located on the CHANDRANATH PARBAT in the RUDRAPRAYAG district of UTTARAKHAND.TUNGNATH is one of the holy places of PANCH KEDAR. It is the highest temple of Lord Shiva perched at a majestic elevation of 3,680mts above sea level. Magnificent in its architecture and artistic structure, TUNGNATH Temple is believed to be more than 1000 years old. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and few other idols of Goddess PARVATI and other gods can be seen in the vicinity. This sacred temple was discovered by ADI SHANKARACHARYA and now the priest of this temple is a local Brahmins of MAKU village.
The mythical background of TUNGNATH Temple is associated with the epic Mahabharata. VYAS Rishi told the PANDAVAS that they were guilty of killing their own brothers in the war and their sins would be expiated only if Lord Shiva pardoned them. PANDAVAS began to search Lord Shiva in the Himalayas and Lord Shiva kept avoiding them because they were guilty. In order to escape from the PANDAVAS, Lord Shiva disguised himself as a bull and took refuge underground. The places where the parts of the bull were found are now renowned Shiva temples. TUNGNATH Temple is the place where his hands (BAHU) were supposedly seen.
By Air: Nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun 232kms.
By Rail: The nearest railhead, RISHIKESH, is 215kms.
By Road: TUNGATH can be reached on the KUND-GOPESHWAR road up to CHOPTA, 212kms.From RISHIKESH via CHAMOLI-GOPESHWAR-CHOPTA route. Buses and taxis ply along the route. From CHOPTA, the TUNGNATH temple is 3kms.