There were many smaller shrines Of Shiva in the far east that were touted as the healing temples visited by pilgrims as well as local Himalayan villagers. Such is the shrine of Tunganath. It stands tall at 3,680 meters near the top ridge of the Mandakini River and this shrine is the highest Shiva temple in the world.

Tunganath literally means ‘The Lord of the Mountains’. It is one of the Five Kedaras that denote the knowledge of the observer. None can tell who built this temple or when. But this temple dates back to more than ten thousand years and was directly linked to The Period of The Mahabharata.

According to the legend, it was the Pandavas, Indian heroes who built the temple after being victorious in the Kurukshetra Battle. The temple is extremely modest in size and can hardly accommodate a dozen people. It is built of black rock. Just as its name and it was built in the very same style as its predecessor The Kedarnath Temple. Here the priest comes from a local village named Makku while the other Kedar temples house the priests from South-India since Adi Shankaracharya began a tradition.

– Viswanath Venkat Dasari

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