Basukedar Temple Uttarakhand- Gateway to the abode of Lord Shiva
Rudraprayag an ancient and divine district in Uttarakhand. The name itself defines the sacredness of this place. This amazing place provides pilgrims not only devotional vibes but also calms the pilgrim’s mind with an amazing view of nature. What makes Rudraprayag eminent place in the Uttarakhand state?. This place located on the high way to the most divine Dhams Kedarnath and Badrinath. It is located on the way towards Do Dhams. The place is also popular for the ancient divine temple Basukedar. The temple is located in the Basukedar villages a serene place that promotes spiritual vibes with scenic beauty. One has to hike or trek to reach this place. This temple built by Pandavas which dates backs to 1000 years.
How to reach this place?
Rudraprayag has a good connection with all major towns and cities in Uttarakhand. The nearest airport is Jolly Grant airport. The nearest railway service is Dehardun railways. Numerous buses and cabs are available from Dehardun and Rishikesh to Rudraprayag. In fact, the Basukedar temple is 35 km from the Rudraprayag, you can catch a cab to reach this temple.
Legends of Basukedar Temple
This divine temple was built by Pandavas when they were in search of Lord Shiva to absolve their sin from killing numerous people in the War. This the place where they saw Lord Shiva in the form of buffalo for the last time as he disappears from their to Kedarnath. Basukedar village is an ancient route to reach Kedarnath Temple, pilgrims use to trek via this village to reach Kedarnath temple.
Another legend is that Lord Shiva on his way back to Kedarnath stays in this place during the night to take rest. Thus this place is known as Basukedar. The word Basu means Stay and Kedra means Lord Shiva. Therefore, pilgrims who ever trek to Kedarnath stay here in the night. By taking the blessing of Lord Shiva in Basukedar temple starts their trek towards the Kedarnath.
The weather in Rudraprayag
If you are planning to visit Rudraprayag you should know the weather conditions so that you can plan accordingly.
During the monsoon season( July to September months ) this area receives moderate to a high amount of rainfall which makes this place look heavenly with its greenery by bringing freshness elsewhere.
Whereas during the winter season temperature go very low here winter starts from the month of December to March.
Summer season (April to June) where temperature range from 20 degrees to 36 degrees with the cool breeze. Summer is the best time to visit this place.
Tips to follow
- If you are visiting this place during the winter season, carry warm clothes as it will be cold all day. Plan to visit in summer. Carry sunglasses and sunscreen along with plenty of water with you.
- Carry basic first aid box and mandatory medicine with you as this place is a remote location.
- If you plan you are trip during rainy season carry raincoat along with waterproof shoes. One must be careful while trekking at this place.
- As it is a Pilgrim place you have to dress decently while visiting temples.
Places to visit near the Basukedar Temple
This is the place where Sage Augustya stayed and use to pray Lord Shiva. There is the temple for great sage Augustya which is Augustewar Mahadeva temple. He saved people of this region from the terrific demons who use to kill and eat people. Apart from this, it is famous for its architecture where many god and goddess images carved from one stone. Make the visitor amazed.
Dhari Devi Temple
This powerful and divine temple is located in Srinagar. One can reach this place either from Rudraprayag or from Srinagar as it is located in Kalyasaur. Dhar Devi temple is believed to be the guardian of the Uttarakhand and Chardham. Once a huge flood swept away everything in this region. After the calamity, a voice instructed people at his region to restore the idol which is stuck near a huge rock. What makes this temple special is Kali Maa idol will not be under any roof.
Note: You are not allowed to take photos of Devi at the Dhari Devi Temple.
Koteshwar Mahadev Temple
A divine Koteshwar Temple located on the banks of river Alaknanda. It is the place where Lord Shiva meditates on Lord Vishnu in a cave. Legends of the temple are the demon Bhasmasur tries to test his newly acquired powers from Lord shiva on Lord himself. To rescue from this situation Shiva does tapas on Lord Vishnu for help. Therefore, yearly many devotees visit this holy place to get the blessing of Lord Shiva.
Basukedar temple Uttarakhand is a holy place that connects with Lord shiva and Mahabrath. This place gives devotees a devotional and spiritual vibe.