Augustmuni is a small town in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand in India. The famous temple of Rishi Augustya is located here and the village gets its name (Augustyamuni) from it. Phata, is around 50 kms from Augustmuni enroute to Kedarnath and 18 kms short of Gaurikund.
Augustmuni temple is stuated in this place and this is the reason why this place came to be called as Augustmuni. The temple used to be Saint Augusta's place of worship and includes August Kund and a Lord Shiva temple.
A temple by the name of Agasteshwar mahadev is dedicated to sage Agastya and this temple is also of an archaeological significance; figures of Gods and Goddess have been carved out on stones. On the occasion of Baisakhi a large fair is held and many devotees come here to worship and pay their homage to God.
Augustmuni Temple Ancient Form
This place in Rudraprayag is believed to have been Saint Augusta's asylum where he used to offer his austerities to Lord. It is said that the temple was once flooded with water and was brought to ruins. It was then seen by a local in his dream.
When people visited the temple, they found Saint Augusta's Kund and established his idol at the same place which is still worshipped in the form of Saint Augusta. There is also a temple of Saint Augusta's Guru Mahadeva in this place.
Augustmuni Legend and Mythology
There are a number of different legends related to this place. According to one such legend, it is believed that when Saint Augusta visited this place, it was terrified by two monsters who were called Aatapi-Vatapi. These monsters used to disguise themselves and invite people to their place for lunch. Innocent saints used to accept their offer and visit their place.
It is believed that when people used to visit their place, one monster used to turn himself into a dwarf and used to hide in the food being offered. Doing this, he used to enter the person's body and then cut it out from the inside when called by the other monster. The two monsters then ate the person. People were terrified by the two monster brothers and asked Saint Augusta for help.
Listening to the people's problem, Augusta went to the monsters place to eat food. The monsters used to same trick and Saint Augusta started doing some spells. This killed one of the monsters. The other was killed in a battle with Saint Augusta later on. This is how the people living in this place got rid of the two monsters with the help of Saint Augusta.
Location of Augustmuni
Augustmuni is located in Rudraprayag, on the way to Kedarnath ( Its a small town situated on the bank of Mandakini river. Austyamuni lies on the way to Kedarnath shrine. It is also a small market place for the vicinity villages.). You can view its location on Google Map below.
How to Reach Augustmuni
Augustmuni is Famous for its Helipad and one of the famous travel destination during Char Dham Yatra. Pawan Hans Helicopters operate flights to Kedarnath from Augustmuni and Phata. The route from Augustmuni goes like this: Augustmuni - Kedarnath - Augustmuni.
The flying time is around 45 minutes for a round trip to visit Kedarnath from Augustmuni in Helicopter.
Read How to Reach guide for Rudraprayag.