Tungnath adorned on the Chandranath parvat is the highest Shiva temple in the world. Also, it is the highest temple among the “Panch Kedar” temples of Uttrakhand. The “Panch Kedar” refers to the five temples of the Shivaite sect dedicated to Lord Shiva in the Garhwal Himalayas region of Uttrakhnad.
Other than the idol of Lord Shiva there are other deities too like Goddess Parvati and few others. Tungnath Shiva temple is made of solid granite slabs and is believed to be about 1,000 years old.
The legends of Panch Kedar is associated with with Pandava’s search for Lord Shiva to achieve penance for killing their relatives in the battle of Mahabharata. While they were searching for him Lord Shiva took the form of a bull and hid from the Pandavas. The Pandavas tried to chase him so Lord Shiva hid himself beneath the ground and later 5 parts of the bull emerged at 5 different places . Thus each spot became one of the holy Panch Kedars.
The architecture of the Tungnath temple is of typical North Indian style and is small. It is quite similar to the Kedarnath temple. There is a bull, “Nandi” at the entrance guarding the temple. Along the sanctum sanctorum there are Images of the Pandavas and Adi Shankaracharya.
Outside the main shrine there are two smaller temples dedicated to Goddess Parvati & Ved Vyas.
HOW TO REACH
Landmark: 2 kms away from Chandrashila Peak: From there you can walk down to reach this shrine.
The temple opens in the month of May. However, this year due to the pandemic situation there might be a delay. But according to some sources 17th May 2021 has been fixed as the opening date of the temple.
Time – 6:00 AM – 7:00 PM.
No entry fee.