“There is one supreme God that cannot be fully known or understood.
The gods we talk about on earth and give devotion to are simply manifestations of that one supreme God“
Hinduism has no single creed and recognizes no final truth. At its core, Hinduism has a background in which the forces of nature and human heroes are personified as gods and goddesses, that are worshiped with prayers and offerings. Hindu worship has an almost endless variety with color symbolism, offerings, fasting, and dance as integral parts. Most Hindus daily worship an image of their chosen deity, with chants (mantras ), flowers, and incense. Worship, whether in a home or temple, is primarily individualistic rather than congregational.
Tungnath has a rich legend linked to Pandavas, heroes of the Maharbharata Epic. It is said that, after the great war of Kurukshetra, pandavas wishes to atone for the sins of killing their brothers and brahmins. They were directed by Lord Brahma to seek blessings from Lord Shiva. The Lord, however was in no mood to pardon them and was angry. Taking the form of a bull, Lord Shiva hid from Pandavas at Guptkashi in the Garhwal Himalayas.
But Later Shiva’s body in the form of bull’s body parts re-materialized at five different locations that represents “Panch Kedar“, where Pandavas bulit temple for Lord Shiva at each location to worshio and to seek blessings and pardon. Each one is identified with a part of the body.
Tungnath is identified as a place where the bahu (hands) were seen: hump was seen at Kedarnath: head appeared at Rudranath: his navel and stomach surfaced at Madhyamaheswar and his jata (hair & locks) at Kalpeshwar.
Tungnath temple is an ancient temple built in the North Indian Style of temple architecture. Small in size and barely can accomodate ten people in the sanctum. The temple opens for worship after snow melt in june and remains open until October,. At this time the diety is moved ceremoniously to Ukhimath. As a part of the mystical Garhwal region, Tunganath conjure up the profiles of legendary tales and abundant beauty.
A delightful haven for trekkers, this place unravels the unparalleled beauty of the Gharwal countryside. Though the trekking route is covered with brawny stones, the marvelous view of the highly embellished meandering pastures makes ones trek an awe inspiring one. As the trek progresses the meadows would make their way to pink, white and mauve Rhododendrons.
The idol of Tuganath is very much different from the others. Here, the idol of the temple is made out of “Heart joined with one Arm on each side”. The other different shape of idol of Shiva could be seen at Kedarnath Temple, which looks like the back of a buffalo. Photography is prohibited inside the temples
Tungnath offers something to every one, be it a hardcore devotee or an ardent nature lover or adventurous lots.
The route from Chopta to Tungnath is moderately steep and nicely paved. The greens of surrounding hills were carpeted with tiny yellow flowers. After walking for an hour the temple of Tungnath was visible. Tungnath literally means the lord of peaks & is considered one of the highest temples in the world, situated at 12073 feet its even higher that Kedarnath.
Tungnath temple at the height of 3680 meters atop the Chandranath parvat is one among the Panch Kedars. Tungnath temple houses some of the most captivating vistas in the entire Himalayan region. The summit of Tungnath is the source of awesome water. Since its a pilgrimage there is no non vegetarian food available and veg also is very expensive.
The drive is amazingly beautiful, serene and refreshing. The entire road is canopied by lush green trees on both the sides with glimpses of Himalayan range and some exotic birds which makes the ride enchanting. There is no electricity in Chopta and mobile signal is very weak . They make use of Solar Energy and that makes it one of those Eco-Friendly place.
….A three day trip to Tungnath trek, sometimes make me wonder my existence and purpose in that maddening city crowd.