Completing the journey of Gangotri, we headed towards Kedarnath from Uttar Kashi and had a halt at Gupt Kashi. It is a fairly larger town in Kedar Khand (sector) of Gadwal Himalayas of Rudraprayag district in Uttarakhand. It is located in the Northern belt of Himalayas with lush green forests. The valley has large number of Mangolia trees locally known as Champa.
Gupta Kashi is famous for an ancient Vishwanath Temple dedicated to Lord Siva as in Uttar Kashi. Gupt Kashi means secret kashi. There are few legends related to the name of this place. According to one legend, Lord Shiva lived in incognito at this place knowing that Pandavas are coming to meet him. He was angry and doesn't want to see them as he was not happy for their deeds in the battle of Kurukshetra. Another legend says that long back, Kashi in Varanasi was the home for many enlightened saints and sages. Due to increasing number of common people, they shifted their base to Uttarkashi. When commoners reached there also they moved further in and they used to meet secretely at Gupt Kashi and hence the name came to it.
One misty morning my eyes caught up these beautiful snow sparkling mountains of Chaukhamba peak from the terrace of the restaurant where we stayed.
I wasted no time in capturing this beautiful view of the Himalayan peak of Kedarnath sector.
It was a lazy morning where the Sun just began to peep through the clouds over the mountains.
A far view of the Chaukhamba range standing tall behind the lush green mountains.
This is the famous Vishwanath Temple of Guptkashi. All the temples you find in Uttarakhand are of same style of architecture. This is the main temple which has an ancient Shiv-ling in the Sanctum Sanctorium.
Another temple on the right is the Ardha Nareeshwar murthy (idol) with half woman and half man representing Lord Shiva and his wife Parvathi.
The water springs you see here are the two underground water springs popular known as Gupt Ganga and Gupt Yamuna.