Madmaheshwar, the 4th Pancha Kedar. It is located at the base of Chaukhamba peak at an altitude of 3289 mts. above the sea level , 30 kms northeast of Guptakashi.. Shiva is worshipped at Madmaheshwar in the form of navel - shaped lingum. This classic temple architecture belongs to the North-Indian style.
From here Kedarnath and Neelkanth peaks are also visible. These peaks are said to be the entire ring of mountains associated with the life and times of shiva. The confluences of two streams at Gaundar just short of the temple, is one of the prettiest spots in the region. The temple can also be approached by a trek through the famous Sidha Peeth of Kalimath.
After the batlle of Kurukshetra, it came into existence when the bull (Lor Shiva) broke into pieces and the Nabhi or navel of Lord Shiva dropped here.
What the history says
According to the legend, after the battle of Kurukshetra, the Pandavas went to sought the blessings of Lord Shiva to atone their sins. But Lord Shiva, who didn't want to meet them finally eluded. When the Pandavas came to know where Lord Shiva is, the Lord took the form of a bull to hide himself.
But Pandavas were not ready to accept it. One of the Pandava, Bhima tried his best to pick up the bull (Lord Shiva) but failed and the bull scattered into pieces. The pieces sank into the earth but however Bhima managed to retain the hump of the bull (Lord Shiva).
Impressed by the determination of Pandavas, Lord Shiva finally blessed them and freed them from their sins. The lord then asked them to worship his hump at Kedarnath . This conical protrusion is worshipped as the idol in the shrine.
The other parts of bull's (Lord Shiva's) body went as Arms (Bahu) at Tungnath , Face (mukh) at Rudranath , Navel (nabhi) at Madmaheshwar and Hair (jata) at Kalpeshwar.
Best time to visit
The temple opens at 7:00 am and aarti is performed in the evening from 6:00 pm to 6:45 pm.
|Location||Chaukhamba peak, District Chamoli.|
|Dedicated To||Nabhi or navel of Lord Shiva.|
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How to reach ?
|Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun Is The Nearest Airport Located Only At A Distance Of 198 Kms From Madmaheshwar.|
|Rishikesh Is The Nearest Railway Station Located Only At A Distance Of 174 Kms From Ukhimath. From Major Cities Of India, You Can Find Regular Trains To Rishikesh. After Reaching Rishikesh Railway Station, Taxis And Buses Can Be Easily Availed For Ukhimath. So, Choosing Railway Network In Order To Reach Madmaheshwar Is Also Not A Bad Idea.|
|Take Direct Bus For Rishikesh And Srinagar From ISBT, Kashmiri Gate, New Delhi. Rishikesh Is Very Closer Destination From Madmaheshwar. You Can Take Buses Or Hired Taxi From Rishikesh To Ukhimath. After Reaching Ukhimath, Take Another Taxi For Unaina Village. Madmaheshwar Is Located At A Trekking Distance Of 21 Kms From Unaina Village. Direct Transportation Facility By Road Is Available Up To Unaina Village Only.|