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Rudra Prayag

End of footbridge over the Mandakini River that was washed away on June 17, 2013.

Rudraprayag is one of the Panch Prayag (five confluences) of Alaknanda River, the point of confluence of rivers Alaknanda and Mandakini, Kedarnath, the Hindu holy town is located 86 km’s from Rudraprayag

Rudraprayag lies on national highway NH58 that connects Delhi with Badrinath and Mana Pass in Uttarakhand near Indo-Tibet border. 

Therefore all the buses and vehicles that carry pilgrims from New Delhi to Badrinath via Haridwar and Rishikesh in pilgrim season of summer months pass through Rudraprayag on the way to Joshimath and further north.

Rishikesh is the major starting point for road journey to Rudraprayag and regular buses operate from Rishikesh bus station to Rudraprayag. The road distance from Rishikesh to Rudraprayag is 141 km (88 mi) via Devprayag and Srinagar. 

Rudranath Temple is named after Lord Shiva and temple of lord  Rudranath is situated at the confluence of Alaknanda and Mandakini. According to mythology Narada Muni worshiped god Shiva here to learn music from him. 

The god then taught him music in his form of Rudra (Lord of Music). There used to be a rock called Narad Shila where Narada is said to have sat in meditation.                                      

Chamunda Devi Temple Chamunda Devi temple is also situated at confluence of the holy rivers (Alaknanda & Mandakini). Chamunda as wife of Lord Rudra is worshiped here. Koteshwar Koti means a crore, which is 10 million and Ishwar means God. This is again a temple of Lord Shiva made in natural caves.     

Shree Tungeshwar Mahadev Ji, Phalasinear Chopta. This temple has been here for centuries. Folklore has it that the Pandavas came here for penance. On the way from Chopta there were many small temples up to the Tunganath Temple, the remains of some are still there. On the temple wall there are many terracota style seals and Shiva-Parvati figurines. The Kartik Swami temple is dedicated to lord Kartikeya - son of Lord Shiva. It can be reached by a 3 km trek from Kanak Chauri village, which is located on the Rudraprayag-Pokhri route. You can have a magnificent view of the snow-clad Himalayan range from the Kartik Swami temple.

End of footbridge over the Mandakini River that was washed away on June 17, 2013.