famous shrine located at an elevation of 11735 feet above sea level, the highest
point among the hill temples is visited by ardent pilgrim in millions every
year. It is nestled in the Rudra Himalaya, an integral part of the Himalayas and
this region is called by many different names. such as Gandhamadana parvatha,
Sumera parvatha, Pancha parvatha etc. The last is due to the fact of its having
five sacred peaks, namely Rudra Himalaya. Vishnupuri. Brahmapuri, Udaygir-Kanha
and Swargarohini. The celebrated Swargarohini
trodden by the Pandava brothers and Droupadi to reach heaven is one among the
five peaks mentioned in the Mahabharatha in detail. There lies in its vicinity
the Mahapanth peak from which the pious people used to throw themselves to give
up life to attaining of svargaprapti instantly. Around this Kshetra lie several
holy spots and adorable niches relating to the life of His divine consort Uma.
Among them that deserve mention are the Trijuginarayana-the venue of the Lord's
marriage with Parvathi. Gourikund -the Punya Kasara. where Parvathi took bath
after giving birth to Karthikeya; and Munda Katta Ganesh Mandir -the place where
Maheshwar blessed Vinayaka with elephant head.