By Swami Harshananda
There are plenty of places of pilgrimage in the lower and upper regions of the Himālayan ranges. Rudraprayāga is one of them. It is in the Tehri-Garhwal district of Uttaranchal. It is situated at the confluence of the rivers Alakanandā and Mandākinī, the tributaries of Gaṅgā. It is in the middle of the route that leads to Badarīnātha and Kedāranātha. The two roads for Badarīnātha and Kedāranātha get separated from this place.
There is a nice temple of Rudranātha-Śiva here, at the place where the sage Nārada is stated to have performed severe austerities to please him. Śiva is said to have given him a thorough knowledge of the science and art of music. The place is 135 kms. from the well-known pilgrim centre Hṛṣīkeśa.
- It is approximately 84 miles.
- Hṛṣīkeśa is also called as Rishikesh.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore