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Tungnath Temple in Uttarakhand declared a national monument by the Indian government

Tungnath Temple, located in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand, India, has been declared a national monument by the central government. The temple, which is situated at an altitude of 12800 feet, is the third of the five Panchkedars of Uttarakhand and is the only ancient 'Shivalaya' of its kind located at the highest point above sea level in Asia. The decision to declare the temple a national monument was taken by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), which had been trying to do so for a long time.


Tungnath Temple, located in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand

According to the head acharya of the Tungnath temple, Ram Prasad Maithani, the move by the ASI is a welcome one. He said that with the adoption of Tungnath by the ASI, its presence will definitely get a platform to propagate and spread the mythological temple on the world stage. Acharya Maithani also stated that this initiative of the ASI will give a unique identity to the look of the Tungnath temple in the country and abroad.

The Tungnath Temple is associated with the Panchkedar temples, which were built by the Pandavas. According to the mythology, the Pandavas were advised by sage Vyasa Rishi that their sin of killing their cousin Kauravas during the war of Mahabharata can only be forgiven if they worship Lord Shiva. It is also believed that Lord Rama meditated on the Chandrashila peak around Tungnath.

The temple, which is known for its ancient architecture and spiritual significance, attracts a large number of tourists and devotees every year. With the declaration of the temple as a national monument, it is expected that more people will visit the temple and learn about its history and significance.

The priests of Badri Kedar Temple Committee have also welcomed the government's decision to declare Tungnath as a national monument. They believe that this move will not only help in preserving the ancient temple but will also promote tourism in the region.


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