RudraPrayag is one of five sites where the confluence of sacred rivers occurs. The five prayags are Vishnuprayag, Nandprayag, Karanprayag, Rudraprayag and Devprayag. Allahabad where the Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati join is known as Prayag and is one of the holy places of Hindu pilgrimage. The confluence of the Mandakini River, which arises from the icy Pindari glacier, and the Alaknanda occurs at Rudraprayag, which is named after Rudra, one of the names of Lord Shiva.
According to legend, the sage Narada worshipped Lord Shiva at this location, and was blessed by Shiva in his incarnation as Rudra.
Rudraprayag has tremendous natural beauty, with lakes and glaciers nearby, as well as places of pilgrimage.
The routes to the pilgrimage destinations of Kedarnath and Badrinath originate from Rudraprayag.