• Michele Immelman

Himalaya Haven Journey Temple Exploration

In our excitement and anticipation for the Himalaya Haven Journey during 24 October and 06 November this year, let us get a good insight into some of the temples we will be exploring on this journey.

Gopinath Temple Gopheshwar

The destroyer god, Lord Shiva is worshipped at this temple. Devotees come from all over India and abroad to worship at this temple. The religious significance of the Gopinath Temple is second to only the Panch Kedar temples i.e. (Kedarnath, Tungnath, Rudranath, Madhyamaheshwar and Kalpeshwar) of this region. Legends has it that establishment came into being because while Lord Shiva was meditating he got disrupted and in a rage he hurled his trident towards Kamadev, the perpetrator. With this the trident got stuck at this spot. Another version is that Lord Shiva turned Kamadev into ash but when the latter’s wife, Rati, performed penance here the Lord gave life back to her husband, Kamadev

From an historical perspective, the carbon date of the temple dates back to 9th century into the Common Era and the trident has an inscription suggesting 12th century CE. The structure of the temple is sturdy and built by the Katyuri Dynasty with the same construction and style that was used for the Kedarnath Temple. The self-emerging Shiva lingam at the Temple is call Gopinath. The trident at the temple does not move at all and according to myth only a true devotee can move it. This trident dates back to the 12th century

Anusuya Devi Temple & Atri Muni Falls

The trek to the temple is situated in he centre of small village. It has the traditional structure of Himalayan hill temples. There are many ancient relics scatter around the temple which dated back centuries

This temple has interesting myths associated with it. Anusuya who worshipped in this temple was the wife of Atri Muni, one of the seven great Vedic sages known as the “Saptarshis”. The Big Dipper, a part of the constellation Ursa Major is known as theSaptarshi Mandal in India named after those seven sages. Anusuya herself was famous on her own and the temple is dedicated to her while Sage Atri believed to have meditated higher up near the waterfall and that is why that area is named after him

In the month of December, on the occasion of Duttatreya Jayanti, a large fair is organized every year, which is attended by many devotees and tourists. Throughout the night they worship the Goddess Sati through Bhajans with lighted lamps in their hands

Tungnath Temple

The distinguishing feature of this exquisite beauty is its location - set amidst beautiful mountain ranges and religious importance which has been attracting millions of Hindu pilgrims from around the world in the last five years. Situated amongst the wondrous mountains of Tungnath , it is the highest Shiva temple in the world nestled at an altitude of 3680 meters. It is one of the Panch Kedars and is believed to have belonged to an ancient era almost 1000 years old. It is a fantastic place to visit especially for the adventure lovers out there for they are going to have a great time trekking to reach the temple. It is a perfect combination of spirituality, beauty, and serenity thereby making it a sure-shot and an ideal getaway for all the tourists

It was built in the North Indian style of architecture and has a dozen shrines of other Gods surrounding the temple. There are numerous tales associated with the place including the one where Lord Ram carried out meditation to get himself released from the curse of Brahmahatya for killing Ravana

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