KEDARNATH is a very famous Hindu temple dedicated to legend of gods ‘SHIVA’ . A holy temple in uttarakhand India, known as Kedarnath is related to Hindu Rituals. KEDARNATH is one of the Chaar dham and it is also one of 12 Jyotirlinga located at the elevation of 3583m above sea level. Due to extreme weather conditions the temple is open only between April last to October last or November 1st week for pilgrims , in winter the deities are brought to ukhimath and worshiped here for six months .Kedarnath temple was built by pandavas and revived by adi guru shankaracharya . The head priest (Raval) of the Kedarnath temple belongs to the Veerashaiva community from Karnataka.
A triangular shaped rock is worshiped in Garbhagrah of the temple. lord Shiva was appeared to pandavas at this place. Best Holy Temple In Uttarakhand, Kedarnath is visited by Thousands of tourists and pilgrim around the year. Many foreigners also come here for trekking and exploring . After 2013 ‘s disaster Kedarnath was the worst affected area but there were no major damage to main temple. A large rock saved the temple from flood, now that rock is also worshiped by pilgrims and named divya shila.
Since kedarnath temple is visited by thousands of tourists so it is also a source of income of thousand of people like Many hotels , restaurants, travel agencies , local priests.it is not very easy to access kedarnath temple because here is a 16km trek but there are Sedan, horses and mules available for those who can not trek . There are many helicopter services also which are providing very cheap services to tourists and pilgrims.
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History of Kedarnath Temple:
Kedarnath temple is an ancient temple built by Pandavas. according to old stories and history , when pandavas killed kaurava and their elder (GURUS) which were their relatives also, to absolve themselves of this sin undertook a pilgrimage to find lord Shiva . They approaches to Himalaya , they saw lord shiva from a long distance when they reach at that place Shiva got disappear because Pandavas did sin.the place where lord shiva hide himself from pandavas is guptkashi ,which is now a very popular temple dedicated to lord shiva . when pandavas reached to kedarnath in search of lord Shiva, Nakul and Sahadev found a buffalo which was unique in look as compare to other buffalo . Bheema approached to that unique buffalo but he was not able to catch him but Bheema managed to hit the buffalo with his mace. Bheema started to pull it by its tail. In this tug-of war, the face of the buffalo went straight to Nepal, leaving its hind part in Kedarnath . after that lord shiva appeared to pandavas and were absolved of their sins. The Lord told the Pandavas, “From now on, I will remain here as a triangular shaped JyotirLinga. By taking a Darshan of Kedarnath, devotees would attain piety”. A triangular shaped rock is worshiped in Garbhagriha of the temple. There are many symbols of pandavas in temple.ADI SHANKARACHARYA attained MAHASAMADHI at Kedarnath .
Places to visit in kedarnath
Here are many Places to visit in Kedarnath. People who use to stay here for night usually visit Bhairavnath Temple,Gandhi Sarovar,Sankaracharya Samadhi Sthal.For Travel Enthusiast and who love to trek Chorabadital is best place to visit. Chorabadital is now destroyed. It was destroyed on 16 june 2013 when a heavy cloud burst occurred.List of places to visit in kedarnath is below.
- Bhairavnath mandir
- gandhi sarovar
- shankaracharya samadhi sthal
How to Reach Kedarnath Temple-
Kedarnath temple is now easy to access. One can easily reach to kedarnath temple by taking bus from Haridwar or Rishikesh to Gaurikund. Helicopter service are also available now from dehradun,Phata and Guptkashi to kedarnath.Nearest airport is jolly grant at the distance of around 250 km.
haridwar to kedarnath- 239+16 km
delhi to kedarnath 456+16km
dehradun to kedarnath 250+16km
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