Situated at an elevation of 1,319 m above sea level, Guptakashi is famous for the ancient Vishwanath Temple and Ardhnarishwara Temple - both dedicated to Lord Shiva
. According to local legends, Pandavas
sought the blessings of Lord Shiva after the battle of Kurukshetra
. Lord Shiva avoided granting boons to them and hid in a place near Trijugi Narayan
in the Himalayas
. This place came to be known as Guptakashi. 'Gupta' in Sanskrit
means 'hidden'. Guptakashi is also known for a holy tank, Manikarnik Kund. It is believed that two streams of the Ganges
meet in this holy tank.