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Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati both have been associated with
Himalayas which is believed to be the abode of Gods. Shiva is believed to reside
at Mount Kailash while Parvati (Shail Putri) is mythologically regarded as the
daughter of hills. The temple of Tungnath is considered to be more than
thousand years old. The temple is magnificent in its style and architecture. It
is built on a morainic ridge jutting out from the mountains. The local tales
and beliefs are associated with the Mahabharat and the adventures of the
Pandaves when they were in exile. It is considered that the Pandavas felt guilty
of having killed their own kith and kin after the great battle ot kurukshetra.
They needed the blessings of lord Shiva for their redemption. Lord Shiva was not
willing and so eluded them. The place Guptkashi is where he disappeared or
became gupt. He took refuge at Kedarnath in the form of Bull. Being
followed by the Pandavs, he dived into the ground leaving his hump on the
surface. The eldest brother Yudishter built a temple and worshiped. The
remaining portion of god reappeared at four other places. The Head appeared at
Pashupatinath which is in Nepal, the thighs appeared at Tungnath where Arjuna
built a temple and worshiped, the middle portion at Madmaheshwar where Bhima
built a temple, and the lock with head at Kalpeshwar where Nakula worshipped.
These are known as the Panch Kedar and a place of worship for the locals.
highest shrine of Shiva among the Panch Kedar is at an elevation of
about 3680 mts. Enroute exotic varieties of rhododendrons, white
flowres and shrub like trees can be seen in abundance. It is at a four
kilometer trek from Chopta which is situated on the Gopeshwar -
Ukhimath road about 40 kms from Gopeshwar at an altitude of 2900 Mts.
Chopta itself provided a breathtaking view of the Himalayan ranges and
surrounding areas. From Tungnath another 2 kms trek takes you to the top
Chandrashila from where all the major peaks like Chokhamba, Trishuli,
Nanda Devi, Kailash etc. are visible at very short distances.
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