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Tungnath Temple opens for pilgrims

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By Our Staff Reporter

Tunganath (Rudraprayag), 10 May: The portals of the Lord Tungnath Temple, the highest temple of Lord Shiva in the country, also famous as the third Kedar revered among the Panchkedars, opened today amid Vedic chants and rituals.

It may be recalled that, today, on the occasion of Akshaya Tritiya, astrologically considered to be a highly auspicious day, the portals of Lord Kedarnath Temple and those of the Goddess Ganga at Gangotri and Goddess Yamuna at Yamunotri also opened amid mantra chants and rituals.

On this occasion, Tunganath Temple, located near the beautiful tourist site of Chopta, was beautifully decorated with flowers. At the time of the opening, more than two and a half thousand devotees obtained darshan of Lord Tungnath. The weather remained extremely cold in Tunganath during this period.

Tungnath’s Utsav Doli had departed from Marketeshwar Temple in Makkumath on 7 May for migration to Bhoothnath Temple. After traveling to Chopta, yesterday, it reached Tungnath Temple complex in the morning today. After the worship, the portals were opened for the season after due rituals at 12 noon. Tungnath Temple‚Äôs sanctum sanctorum has a self-manifested Shivlinga of Lord Tungnath. At this time, Mathapati Ram Prasad Maithani, Manager Balbir Negi, Priest Prakash Maithani, Vinod Maithani along with officials, employees of the temple committee and local rights holders were among those present.