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Religious Information and History of Kedarnath Temple
One of the most paramount locations for worshipers of Lord Shiva is Kedarnath Dham which is located in the district Rudraprayag of Uttarakhand state. Kedarnath range stands one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of God Shiva which is situated in the lap of the splendid mountain peaks near the head of Mandakini River. One of the significant temples of the pious Chota Char Dham Yatra in Uttarakhand which is raising the glory of the place to further heights is Kedarnath Dham. Among the Panch Kedar the most important temple and also one of the 12 Jyotir Lingas is Kedarnath temple. Well compensated with the spiritual atmosphere that is created by the majestic, unruffled and tranquil beauty of the region is the hard journey till the great shrine of Lord Shiva. Another name of God Shiva who was the destroyer and the protector is Kedar meaning powerful. Shiva dived into the ground on being discovered by Pandavas. Among all Shrine of Lord Shiva a unique feature of the Kedarnath temple is the conical- shaped Shiva Lingam in the temple Kedarnath. The present temple was established by Adi Shankaracharya who revived and restored the glory of the shrine which is believed that originally the Kedarnath temple built by Pandavas. Kedarnath’s most famous legend takes us to time of Pandavas who after killing their half- brothers are Kauravas in the infamous war were seeking forgiveness from God Shiva on the advice of God Krishna. While the rest of the body vanished through a secret cave underneath the ground Bheema could identify God Shiva and chased to only catch him through his tail but one of the Pandavas. One of the most majestic religious sites is Kedarnath in Uttarakhand state which is particularly for the Hindu religions. From all over the world attracting pilgrims the Shiva Temple is the main attractions here which is a famous Hindu pilgrimage and shrine. Along with other peaks, forming a perfect setting for the region’s beauty the panoramic Kedarnath peak stands behind the temple.
Kapat Opening and Closing Dates
Kedarnath Dham will be opened on Akshaya Tritya and closed on the day of Bhai Duj after two days of Diwali.
Attractions of Kedarnath Dham-
• Made of grey stone is the impressive and grand structure of shrine of God Shiva. One Garbha Griha that houses the primary idol of God Shiva is here.
• The beginning point of the trek to the Kedarnath temple is Gaurikund.
• After undertaking a trek of less than 4km from the town Kedarnath the pristine and serene Chorabari Lake can be reached which is fed by Chorabari glacier.
• There is important and another ancient temple to the south side in the temple complex.
• Quite a difficult trek and involves going across glaciers is Vasuki Tal.
How to Reach:
The closest airport towards Kedarnath is Jolly Grant airport. At all times of the year available are regular trains to Dehradun and Haridwar from Delhi. Gaurikund is well connected by motor-able roads with regular taxis and buses from important destinations such as Chamoli, Tehri and Pauri Rishikesh, Dehradun and Uttarkashi.
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