Rudraprayag is one of the five confluences of river Alaknanda (Panch Prayag). It is present at the confluence of Alaknanda with Mandakini, in Uttarakhand. It has an average elevation of 895 metres. Also, famous temples located in the region are Kedarnath Temple, Omkareshwara Shiva temple, Madmaheshwara Temple and Trijuginarayan temple.
The holy Mandakini originated from Kedarnath is the main river of the district. It is a famous pilgrimage destination on the route of the four holy Dham pilgrimage. It is the fourth confluence following Vishnuprayag, Nandaprayag and Karnaprayag. Another confluence of river Alaknanda following it is Devprayag.
What is the history of Rudraprayag?
There is a legend associated with the history of Rudraprayag. A mythological king Putraka created Rudraprayag by magic for his wife Patali. Hence its ancient name is Pataligrama, where ‘grama’ means village. Also, in honour of the first born of Patali, the city’s name became ‘Pataliputra’, meaning ‘son of Patali’.
Around 490 BC , Ajatashatru, the king of Magadh, wanted to shift his capital from Rajgriha. He chose a spot (now, Rudraprayag) along the banks of the Ganges and fortified it. Gautam Buddha also passed through this place in the last year of his life.
What is the significance of Rudraprayag?
The significance of Rudraprayag is that the name of this confluence has been derived from ‘Rudra’, which is a form of Lord Shiva. Hence, one can spot many Shiva temples in the vicinity of Rudraprayag. As per epics, Lord Shiva appeared here to bless sage Narad.
Devotees often refer to the place as ‘abode of the Gods’ because of its beauty and serenity. Moreover, Agastamuni is present at a distance of 18 km from Rudraprayag. Rishi Agastya meditated at Agastamuni for many years, hence the spot has religious significance. Also, there is a beautiful cave temple for Agastamuni there.
How to reach Rudraprayag?
Here’s how to reach Rudraprayag:
- Air: The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport.
- Train: The nearest railway station is Rishikesh, and Haridwar railway junction connects Rudraprayag to major cities.
- Road: Rudraprayag is present on NH58 and buses from New Delhi to Badrinath, via Haridwar and Rishikesh pass through Rudraprayag.
Where to stay near Rudraprayag?
Some of the places where one can stay near Rudraprayag while undertaking the Char Dham Yatra are:
- Chopta Meadows: With an ideal location and facilities to match, Chopta Meadows hits the spot in many ways. Some rooms include carpeting, cleaning products, free welcome drink, as well as private entrance to help guests recharge after a long day.
- V Resorts Pauri: To name a few of the hotel’s facilities, there are 24-hour room service, daily housekeeping, car park, room service as well as a restaurant.
- Riverside Resorts: Facilities for disabled guests, Wi-Fi in public areas, car park, room service and a restaurant are just a few of the facilities that set Riverside Resorts apart from other hotels in the city.
What are the other Panch Prayag destinations?
The other Panch Prayag destinations are:
- Vishnuprayag: Vishnuprayag is present 1372 metres above sea level and is the first prayag, according to the descent of the river Alaknanda. According to beliefs, Narada meditated here to impress Lord Vishnu, who eventually appeared before him. Hence, this place derives its name from Lord Vishnu.
- Nandaprayag: According to mythology, it was once the capital of Yadu Kingdom. Devotees believe that a holy dip in the confluence of Nandaprayag can absolve one of his/her sins. It is the second confluence following Vishnuprayag.
- Karnaprayag: It is present at the confluence of river Alaknanda with river Pindar, in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. Devotees believe that it is the place where Karna of Mahabharata worshipped the Sun God. It is the third confluence following Vishnuprayag and Nandaprayag.
- Devprayag: It is present at the confluence of river Alaknanda with river Bhagirathi, in Uttarakhand. From here on, rivers Alaknanda and Bhagirathi meet and take the same name, i.e., Ganga or Ganges. Devprayag draws its name from sage Devsharma who led his life here.
The Panch Prayag are a part of the Char Dham Yatra within Uttarakhand.