Rudranath Temple – Sage Narad Meditated here for 100 Years

Yogesh Goswami – one of the Rudra Nath temple priests was present. Upon request he narrated the History of Rudranath temple as follows:

Devarshi (sage) Narad meditated for 100 years at this very location. Lord Shiva taught Devarshi Narad Sama Veda i.e., The knowledge of music – for example, Taal, Mridang, Dhwani, Chhand, Chattis (36) raaj raginiya.

It is said sage Narad requested Lord Vishnu for the same but was suggested: Only Lord Shiva is having the knowledge of Sama Veda thus, sage Narad learned the music and later was gifted Veena by Lord Shiva. It is also said Rudra Nath( born from Brahma’s mind) after taking birth at this very location started crying a lot and was named Rudra Nath by Lord Shiva because of his crying nature.

Alaknanda and Mandakini rivers merge where sage Narad meditated thus, the area is named Rudraprayag (Rudra because of Rudra Nath and Prayag because of the two holy rivers’ confluence). Alaknanda is flowing from Badrinath and Mandakini from Kedarnath.

Sound knowledge – said I. Thanks for sharing.

And towards Prayag – Snaan (bath) is important they say. Will do – said I to me. The journey continues…