Tungnath is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord ShivaShiva
Shiva is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindu Trinity that ... located in the Garhwal district of State Uttarakhand in India. The temple is placed at an altitude of about 3680 m above the sea level, and is the highest shiva temple among the Punch Kedar Temple, 3 km uphill from Chopta. Tungnath Temple Tungnath Chopta Trek is the highest Lord Shiva temple in the world and situated in the Garhwal Himalayas mountain range of Tungnath in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand State in India. Chandrashilla peak offers 300-degree panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain range which show beautiful snow meadow in the winters and is situated in 1.5 km ahead of the Tungnath temple.
Tungnath Temple History and Legend
The Tungnath temple is 1000 years old and is the second in the pecking order of the Panch Kedars. (Panch Kedar belongs to five Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and it is located in the Garhwal Himalayan Mountain region in Uttarakhand, India)
After the Mahabharata war, sage Vyasa told the Pandavas that since they were culpable of slaying their own brothers (Kauravas, their cousins) during the Mahabharata war, their act could be condoned only by Lord Shiva. After that, Pandava brothers wanted to search Lord Shiva to seek his pardon for the sins committed by them. But in order to keep away from them, Lord Shiva took in the form of a bull and went into hiding in an underground safe shelter at Guptakashi, where Bhima tries to chase him and hold on the tail and legs. But Shiva’s body in the form of bull’s body parts vanished at Guptakashi and then reappeared in five different places that known as the “Panch Kedar” where Pandava brothers built Lord Shiva temples at each location, to worship and idolize, seeking his pardon and blessings. Each bull's body part is identified with their body names:
Tungnath Temple is identified as the place where the bahu (hands) were seen.
Hump was seen at Kedarnath Temple
Head appeared at Rudranath Temple.
Navel and Stomach surfaced at Madhyamaheshwar Temple.
Jata (hair or locks) at Kalpeshwar Temple.
Pooja in Tungnath Temple
Generally, In Uttarakhand many Temples have local priests. Tungnath temple has the local priest from nearby a local Maku village, unlike the other Kedar temples where the priests are from South India, a tradition set by the eighth-century Hindu guru Sree Adi Sankaracharya. Khasi Brahmins It is one of the caste of Hindus. They are known for their knowledge of ancient, sacred scripturesofficiate as priests at this temple.