Ukhimath is considered to be Pilgrimage Destination located in Rudraprayag District in State of Uttarkhand in North India. Ukhimath is also written as ukhimath.Ukhimath is situated at an elevation of 1317 meters above sea level and important a pilgrimage site in Uttarakhand. Ukhimath can be used as center destination for visiting different places located nearby, i.e Madhmaheshwar (Second kedar), Tungnath ji (Third kedar) and Deoria Tal (natural fresh water lake) and many other picturesque places. Ukhimath Temple is Perched at a distance of 41 km from Rudraprayag District. Ukhimath is at the center location for visiting various beautiful places, such as Tungnath, Madhyamaheshwar, Deoria Lake, and many others. Omkareshwar temple of Ukhimath, is the winter abode of Kedarnath and Madhyamaheshwar idols.
During winter due to heavy snowfall, the Temple is closed and no one stays in Kedarnath . For six months (November to April) the Palki of Lord Kedarnath is transferred to a place near Guptakashi called Ukhimath and is reinstated at Kedarnath, in the month of May. It is at this time, that the doors of the temple are thrown open to pilgrims, who gather from all parts of India, for a holy pilgrimage.
History and Legends
It is believed that the name of Ukhimath Pilgrimage site is after Banasur’s daughter Usha. It was named as Ukhimath that eventually converted into Ukhimath. It is said that this is wedding Place of Anirudh and Usha. Winter is the best season to visit Ukhimath when idols from Kedarnath and Madhyamaheshwar are brought here. Ukhimath is the home Place of various temple such as Usha Temple , Mandhata Temple , Parvati temple and temple of Mahadev with five heads in Ukhimath.
Place to see in Ukhimath :
Deoria Lake : Deoria Lake is situated on Ukhimath- Chopta road at an elevation of about 2387mts high above the sea level. The lake is surrounded by snow covered hills of Chaukhamba range. Deoria lake is an attraction for trek-lovers and for one who loves camping.
Kedarnath : Kedarnath is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas, and is the most important of Panch Kedars. According to Hindu belief, after the Mahabharata war, Pandavas wanted to meet Lord Shiva to get absolved of their sins. Lord Shiva became displeased and changed himself into a bull. The bull dug himself into the land. The hump of the bull is found in Kedarnath according to the Hindu mythological belief. Shiva’s behind is worshiped in Kedarnath.
Madyamaheshwar : Madhyamaheshwar is the fourth temple in the circuit of Panch Kedar dedicated to worship Lord Shiva in the form of navel and stomach surfacing.The Madhyamaheshwar temple remains closed for six months. The silver idol of Shiva is shifted in Ukhimath temple during the winters.
Tungnath : Tungnath is an ancient temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Tungnath is the second temple in the circuit of Panch Kedar located in the Rudraprayag district. Tungnath means the lord of the peaks. Shiva’s arms are worshipped in Tungnath.
Chopta : Chopta is situated on Gopeshwar- Ukhimath road at an altitude of 2900 mts. It is about 4 km far from Ukhimath
How to Reach :
By Air : Jolly Grand Airport Dehradun is the nearest Airport located at the distance of 94 kilometers away from Ukhimath.
By Train : Rishikesh Railway Station is the nearest Railway Station located around 10.4 kilometers away from Ukhimath.