Omkareshwar Temple Ukhimath
Omkareshwar Temple in Ukhimath is a pilgrimage centre in Rudraprayag district, Uttarakhand. Ukhimath is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and Goddess Parvati It is located at a distance of 41 km from Rudraprayag at an elevation of 1311 metres. This holy temple is well-known as Omkareshwar Pith which is one of the oldest in India. The main temple comprises of three sub-temples however these two temples-Kedarnath and Madhmaheshwar remain closed during the winter months. Madhmaheshwar is famous as the Second kedar. There is a belief that the wedding ceremony of Usha (Daughter of Vanasur) and Anirudh (Grandson of Lord Krishna) was commemorated here. Therefore this sacred pilgrimage was named as Ushamath after the name of Usha and is now prominent as Ukhimath. Ukhimath is mainly managed by the Rawals who are the head priests (pandits) of Kedarnath. Inside the temple, one stone statue of Mandhata is also positioned. As per the mythology, one of the emperors, during his last years gave up everything including his empire and came to Ukhimath and did penance for 12 years by standing on one leg. At the end Lord Shiva appeared in the form of 'sound', 'Omkar', and blessed him. From that day onwards this place came to be known as Omkareshwara as well.
The most popular Shiva occasion ‘Maha Shivratri’ celebration is observed in this ancient and holy temple. This is a very sacred place to commemorate felicitous fest by people following Hindu Culture.