Gaurikund is one of the sacred Hindu pilgrim sites in Rudraprayag District Uttarakhand India. It also serves as the base camp for the trek to Kedarnath Temple. The place has its name Gaurikund after Shiva’s consort, Gauri. One can also see a temple dedicated to her.
It sits at an altitude of 1,982 metres above sea level in the lap of the Garhwal Himalayas. It boasts of the hot water springs, where the devotees take a holy dip in the water before entering the temple.
According to the locals, it is the place where Gauri engaged in a severe penance to win Shiva as her consort. And it was here that Shiva accepted his love for her. Hence, the couple tied in a union at the Triyugi Narayan temple, which is nearby.
The Sirkata Temple located about half a km from Gaurikund is visited by several devotees. The history of this temple is associated with how Ganesha acquired his elephant avatar.
It is said that while bathing in the kund, Goddess Parvati fashioned Ganesha from the soap suds and breathed life into him. The Goddess told Ganesha to guard the entrance until she was done bathing.
When Shiva thronged the place, Ganesha didn’t let him enter inside. The infuriated Shiva then beheaded Ganesha. Parvati who was enraged by Shiva’s immoral conduct asked him to revive the boy.
Shiva then placed the head of wandering elephant on the body of Ganesha. The little boy was brought back to life and was blessed that he’ll be worshipped in his unique elephant avatar.
The ideal time to visit Gaurikund is from May-June and from Sept-Nov.