Ukhimath - Winter Seat of Kedarnath
Ukhimath is situated at an elevation of 1,317mts above sea level in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand state. Ukhimath is also written as Okhimath sometimes.
Ukhimath is the home of Lord Kedarnath and Madhyamaheshwar during winters. Worship is performed at the Omkareshwar Temple here during winters, when the temple of Kedarnath remains closed.
Ukhimath is mainly inhabited by the Rawal's who are the head priests (pundits) of Kedarnath. Snow capped peaks of the splendid Himalayan range are distinctly visible from Ukhimath.
Ukhimath History and Legend
According to stories, Ukhimath name is derived after the daughter of Banasur, Usha. Ukhimath is dotted with several artistic ancient temples dedicated to Usha, Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati, Aniruddha and Mandhata.
Ukhimath Weather and Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Ukhimath is round the year. Carry light woolens in summers and heavy woolens in winters. Ukhimath is situated on the road connecting Guptkashi with Gopeshwar.