Rudra Himalaya region is dotted with scores of spots associated with the sports
of Lord Siva. Amongst them Gourikund deserves some space here. It has
some hot springs and it is from this place trekking or riding to the shrine
starts. Pilgrims invariably commence their yatra after a dip in this Kund. Apart
from the sanctity, the thrill of taking a bath in the steaming hot waters,
nearing boiling point drives away all the chill - sins sticking on to physical
bodies and they feel ifting of their souls to be hurled at the holy feet of the
Lord Maheswar, the Omni compassionate among the Trio.
It is quite refreshing
and this memorable experience gets locked up in their minds to be cherished for
ever. Tradition records that Rarvathi took bath sere after delivering Karthikeya,
the commander-in-chief of Deva Sena. Another place of interest is
Trijuginarayana. Puranas credit it with the association of the Lord's marriage
with Parvathi and the fire enkindled during the wedding is still burning at this
spot. Pilgrims offer prayers with elaborate rituals.