Rudraprayag is named after Lord Shiva (Rudra), Rudraprayag is situated at the holy confluence of Alaknanda and Mandakani Rivers, at a distance of 34 km from Srinagar (Garhwal). A site which acquired top spot in Uttarakhand Tourism; obviously it is one the best place to visit. The holy river presence of Mandakini and Alaknanda glitters the place importance. These two rivers are the major among the five major rivers originating from Garhwal Himalayas cause the scared river confluence namely Panch prayag. Epics established that god Shiva appears here to bless Nard Muni. That is reason why you can see lots of Shiva temples nearby area. The place Rudra prayag is one of the significant destiny in Char Dham Pilgrim Yatra, also the place is located near to Kedarnath Dham and Badrinath temple.The presence of two separate routes for Badrinath and Kedarnath Dham from Rudraprayag render great importance to the place. The entire region is blessed with immense natural beauty, places of religious importance, lakes and glaciers.
It is said that the place where the two rivers meet resembles two sisters embracing each other and there is a unique beauty about the place. Many visitors travel to the place to witness this phenomenon every year. The entire area is surrounded by immense beauty and one can see many lakes, glaciers, rivers and streams here. There are a few temples that are located in the town as well and these are a must visit while travelling to Rudra Prayag.
The main temples are the Jagdamaba Temple and the Shiva Temple. The town of Kedarnath which is an important pilgrimage center for many Hindus is located around 86 km from the town of Rudra Prayag and this can be visited as well. The Koteshwar Temple can be seen on the banks of the Alaknanda River and this is also a popular site in the town. Son Prayag and Ukhimath are present outside the town and are important religious sites as well.
History of Rudraprayag
Initially, Rudraprayag was a part of the three regions namely Chamoli, Pauri and Tehri. Later, in the year 1997, Rudraprayag was formed as a separate district which was carved out of Kedarnath valley along with some parts of Pauri and Tehri districts.
Mythology of Rudraprayag
The Hindus believe that Narad Muni, a famous Hindu mythological character did a severe penance at this place in order to appease Lord Shiva for mastering the art of music. Lord Shiva then acknowledged Narada’s devoutness and blessed him in his Rudra avatar. Therefore, Rudraprayag is considered to be a sacred place and is visited by several pilgrims commencing the Char Dham Yatra.
Places to Visit in Rudraprayag
Augustmuni- The name itself derived from the name of saint Augustmuni. You can see a beautiful cave temple in the name of Augustmuni over there. It is approximately 19 km far from Rudraprayag. It is a belief that Pandit Augustmuni is stayed here for his divine purposes. That is why the temple gets his name.
Koteshwar temple- It is the famous cave temple in Rudraprayag which is worshipped by lord Shiva. It located in the banks of the river Alaknanda. You can see lots of ancient idols over there, mostly including Shiva ling.
Panch kedar- “Panch Kedar” or “Five Kedar” that lie in the valley which between the rivers Bhagirathi and Alaknanda.
Kedarnath- One of the holiest pilgrim places which located an altitude of 3584 meters in the Himalayas.Peaks. Approximately it is 86 km far from Rudraprayag.
Chorbari Glacier- It is one Panch Kedar site which is approximately 6 km long glacier is approximately 3 km from Kedarnath. Beautiful destiny lake of Gandhi Sarovar located between the rock face and the right lateral moraine of the Chorbari Glacier.
Vasuki Tal- The location is approximately 4135 meters which is entirely surrounded by lofty peaks. The place offers you an inspiring view of Chaukhamba peaks.
Madmaheshwar- It is one of the main sites which are approximately set an attitude of 3289 meters far. The place is exactly 25 km far from the north east Guptkashi. The road which is connected to the Guptkashi ends in Kalimath; from there you can trek up to Madmaheshwar.
Tungnath- This Panch Kedar site which is located approximately located 4090 meters above, it is one of the highest Shiva shrines in the Panch Kedars. Nearest road head to this location is Chopta which approximately 4km away far from the destiny.
Guptkashi- Guptakashi is approximately 39 km away from Rudraprayag. This spot is famous for the ancient temple Vishwanath and Ardhnareshwar.
Ukhimath- The site which is 40 km away from Rudraprayag, it situate on the route to Kedarnath, Ukhimath is well known as the winter residence of lord Kedarnath as well as the home place of rowel of the Kedarnath temple.
Son Prayag- This holy place is the meeting point of river Basuki and Mandakani which lies exactly on the main Kedarnath route. The place is exactly 5 km away from Gaurikund. Peoples believe that the touch of the holy water of Son Prayag helps to reach the “Baikunth Dham”.
Gaurikund- The location is approximately 72 km away from Rudraprayag; the location is one of the trekking bases to Kedarnath. You can see a temple of Maa Gauri which having hot springs.
Trijuginarayan- One of the finest destinies in Rudraprayag. The location is exactly 12 km away from Son Prayag. Epics stated that lord Shiva and the Parvati’s marriage are held over here in this place. The everlasting flame held for the marriage is still burns here.
How to reach Rudraprayag
By air – The nearest airport to this place is Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun which is approximately 159 km far from the Rudraprayag.
By Rail- The nearest rail way station is Rishikesh which is approximately 142 km far from the destiny.
By road – The place Rudraprayag is well connected with various roads and towns of the region.