Also known as “Okhimath” is a sacred pilgrimage site in Uttarakhand (dedicated to many gods/goddess such as Shiva, Parvati, Aniruddha) known as Ukhimath. This site is located in the Rudraprayag district, and is elevated at an altitude of 1311 meters above sea level. During winters the idols from the Kedarnath and Madhyamaheshwar Temples are brought specially to this site, and then worshipped for six long months. Furthermore, a pooja (prayer service) of Lord Kedarnath usually held during the winter months as well as a year round prayer service of Lord Omkareshwar is performed at this temple.
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a. Best time to visit the Ukhimath Temple
The ideal time to visit this town is in between March and October as a result of the climate being pleasant with, the temperatures ranging from a maximum of 17 degrees Celsius to a minimum of 12 degrees Celsius.
b. How to reach Ukimath Temple
Ukhimath Temple Map
1. By train:
The railway station closest to this sacred site is located in Rishikesh. The Rishikesh Railway Station is well connected to major cities in the country.
2. By road:
If you intend to drive to this temple then the ideal starting points would be New Delhi, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Gurugram, and Dehradun.
- Via New Delhi:
There are three routes from New Delhi to this temple, and they are via NH334 and NH7, via NH7, and NH9.
- Via Haridwar:
There are two routes from Haridwar to this temple, and they are via NH7 and via NH34 and NH7.
- Via Rishikesh:
There are two routes from Rishikesh to this temple, and they are via NH7 and via NH34 and NH7.
- Via Gurugram:
There are three routes from Gurugram to this temple, and they are via NH334 and NH7, via NH7, and via NH9.
- Via Dehradun:
There are two routes from Dehradun to this temple, and they are via NH7 and via Chamba-Mussoorie Road.
3. By air:
The nearest airport to this town is located in Dehradun at a distance of 200 km. The Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is well connected to major cities in the country.
c. Religious significance of the Ukhimath Temple
According a popular Hindu myth it is said that it was at the site at which this temple was built that the great grandson of Lord Krishna, Anirudh married a beautiful damsel Usha, and the daughter of demon king Banasura. It is then due to this marriage that the site became known as “Ukhimath” meaning “the maternal home of Usha”. Additionally, a number of temples dedicated Lord Shiva, Parvati, and Anirudh are located in around this sacred pilgrimage site.