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Ukhimath Temple in Uttarakhand – Swaroop of Shiva from Kedarnath Temple is Worshipped Here During Winter

When the Kedarnath Temple in Uttarakhand is closed after Diwali for winter, the swaroop of the Shiva from the temple is carried to the Ukhimath Temple. Shiva as Kedarnath resides during the harsh winter (till Akshaya Tritiya day) at the Ukhimath Temple.

The utsvamurti, or the murti used for worship during rituals and festivals, from the Panch Kedar shrines – Kedarnath, Madhya Maheshwara, Tunganath, Rudranath and Kalpeshwar – too are brought to the Ukhimath temple during winter.

Believed to be more than 5000 years old, Ukhimath Temple propagates Veerashaivism.

A deed of gift – giving lands to the temple – by Janamejaya, great grandson of Pandavas, is still persevered in the Kedar Peetha established here.

The temple has a swayambhu Shivling and an imposing murti of Nandi.

Legend has it that Usha daughter of Banasura got married to Anirudh, grandson of Sri Krishna, here. It is believed that Usha had reconstructed the temple here. 

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