Rudranath

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Rudranath is a Hindu temple dedicated to god Shiva, located in the GarhwalHimalayan mountains in Uttarakhand, India. Located at 3,600 metres (11,800 ft) above sea . Rudranath is the toughest Panch Kedar temple to reach. It is the third temple to be visited in the Panch Kedar pilgrimage circuit, comprising five Shiva temples in the Garhwal region. The Rudranath temple is believed to be established by the Pandavas, the heroes of the Hindu epic Mahabharata. Legend has it that the Pandavas came to the Himalayan mountains in search of god Shiva, to redeem them of the sins of killing in the epic Kurukshetra war. It is the toughest trek to reach as compared to other Panch Kedar dham of Lord Shiva. The temple celebrates an annual fair on the full moon day in the Hindu month of Sravan (July–August). The fair is attended mainly by locals. The priests at the Rudranath temple are Bhatts and tiwaris of Gopeshwar village. At Nandikund on the trekking route to Rudranath, devotees worship old historic swords protruding from the rocks, believed to be of Pandavas.

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