Tungnath Mandir, Chopta

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Tungnath Mandir, one of the Panch Kedars, is acclaimed as the highest Shiva temple in the world. This temple is located at an elevation of 3680 m above sea level in the Tungnath Mountain Range. According to Hindu mythology, the temple was built by Arjuna, one of the Pandavas, from the Hindu epic, the Mahabharata. The literal meaning of Tungnath is ‘Lord of the Peaks’. The arm of Lord Shiva is worshipped at this temple, which represents the North Indian style of architecture. At the main entrance of the shrine, there is a stone figure of Nandi Bull, who according to Hindu mythology is the mount of Lord Shiva.

The idols of popular Hindu sages, such as Kala Bhairav and Vyas, are also enshrined in the temple along with the images of the Pandavas. Besides, small shrines of different gods and goddesses can be seen around this temple. The temple remains closed between November and March due to heavy snowfall.


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