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Ukhimath Temple

Winter home of the deity at Kedarnath temple and the seat of the Rawal of Kedarnath. Connected by bus services to Rudraprayag and other major centres. This is the winter seat of Lord Kedarnath and worship is done here during the winters when the temples of Kedarnath remain closed. The temples of Usha and Aniruddha, Lord Shiva and Parvati are worth visiting. Ukimath is at a distance of 41 km from Rudraprayag and 13 km from Guptkashi. It is situated at an elevation of 1311 m. The Omkareshwar temple at Ukhimath features superbly crafted and carefully maintained icon of Lord Shiva. According to folklore, Usha, daughter of Banasur had lived here once, thus giving Ukhimath its name. In fact, Ukhimath is dotted with temples dedicated to Usha, Shiva, Parvati, Aniruddha and Mandhata, including one with the image of Mahadev with five heads - similar to the one in Kedarnath. An idol of Usha's confidante, Chitralekha, also exists. And among the several copper plates discovered, two relate to land endowments for the Kedarnath temple made by the king of Nepal in 1797 A.D. and by the mother of an official of the court of Nepal in 1891 A.D. Nearby is the Deoria Tal, which catches the reflection of the Badrinath peak, mirroring its grandeur.

Situated 31kms from Chopta, Ukhimath is the winter seat of Lord Kedarnath. The idol of Lord Kedarnath is worshipped in Ukhimath during winters as the region of Kedarnath is prone to heavy snowfall during winters. The temples of Usha and Anirudh, Shiva and Parvati are worth a visit.