The Himalaya is the
abode of Lord Siva and His consort Parvati. There are many temples
of the Lord scattered all
over the Himalayas . They are not gorgeous , they are very old ,
made of stone with some sculptures. But there are also some places
where there is no temple as such. Only natural rocks are worshipped.
One such place is Ruch Mahadev, few kms from Kalimath
Alighting from the jeep, we started our downward trek of about 2 kms
. A bit steep slope but not at all hard that can be covered in
about 30 minutes to lead near a bridge over a mountain stream. The
water from a falls is flowing in to the Kali Ganga river (it is a
tributary of Mandakini not the main Kali/Sarda river of
Pithoragarh) . There was loud noise of
gushing stream which is collected in a small area
forming a small pool where several species of bird were bathing, as
if in a swimming pool. We crossed the bridge then again have to
climb up though simple distance and then came near the gate of Ruch Mahadev
located on the bed of the Mandakini River.
There is a huge rock
which is worshipped as Lord Siva, called Ruch Mahadev . The blue
water of the river flowing with musical sound. We went and offered
our prayers. Took water from the river and poured on the rock .
Water was less in the river as it was winter. Just near is the
confluence of Kaliganga and Mandakini rivers . I walked over the
rocks and took crystal clear snaps which may not be feasible in rainy season or summer. The
place is very beautiful. There are some green creepers which make
the place more beautiful.
It is a
very nice place and worth a visit by all nature lovers.
Ruch Mahadev is located about six km from Kalimath from where Jeeps are
available and it is 2 km trek from the road.
There is no place to
stay. But enthusiastic people may stay in local shops. As it
is close to Kalimath one can return back to Kalimath for night stay
where ample accommodation is available.