Guptakashi near Kedarnath

Guptaksahi has a great importance quite like that of Kashi. The ancient Vishwanath temple, Ardnareswar temple and Manikarnik Kund, where the two streams of Ganga and Yamuna are believed for their redemption.

Lord Shiva was not willing and so eluded the Pandavas repeatedly. He took refuge at Kedarnath in the form of a bull.

Being followed by Pandavas, he dived into the ground leaving his hump on the surface. The remaining portions of God reappeared at four other places. The arms appeared at Tungnath, the face at Rudranath, the stomach (nabhi) at Madmaheshwar and the locks with the head at Kalepeshwar. They are all worshipped there as manifestations of Lord Shiva.

2 kms from the temple is situated Gandhi Sarovar where the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi were immersed. 12 kms from here is the place from where river Mankdakini originates. Vasukital, yet another beautiful lake is situated at a distance of 8 kms from Kedarnath. Floating ice on crystal clear water fascinates visitors to this lake.

Update: Guptakashi is one of the totally destructed areas in devastating floods ruined the Devbhoomi, Uttarakhand in June 2013.

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