Kedarnath | The Home of Lord of Shiva

Kedarnath is one of the Four Char Dham

Kedarnath is the best experience for traveling that one can gain. Adventure and travel are the best complimenting words and experiences. Kedarnath Taking them in your life is worthwhile. Travelling leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.

The love towards traveling inspires you to pack up everything and head out into the unknown. to explore the farthest reaches of our planet and your soul, to see the world what it really is. And If you are also the one from the population of crores, who thinks that travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer then the guidance for your journey is here. People love to visit beautiful places, some love the wildlife places, some the beaches whereas some the beauty of hills. But what if you visit a place which rejuvenates your soul with its beauty, and mind and body with its spirituality. Such is the power of a religious place.

Traveling to religious places gives one clarity. If one’s sit there, it feels like being in the state of gratitude with owns defense mechanism down and open to receiving energy, that gives clarity as at that time, one is listening to their heart. The heart shows the direction of life. The mind exists only to execute your emotions. With the ultimate feeling of traveling the world, watching the best places, living the adventure that place makes you feel meditating all the time and makes your high-pressure life reposed.

And while reading all this if you are feeling to travel such a place. Then we have the best answer and one of the best places for you. where you can go and Let the site tell you it’s secret. The sacred and beautiful place is non-other than the most epic Temple.

Temple is the holiest pilgrimages for the Hindus, Temple Jyotirlinga is located in the picturesque surroundings of Rudra Himalayan Range at a height of 12000 feet on a mountain named The Kedarnath Temple, It is situated in the Rudraprayag district of Uttrakhand and is a popular destination for Hindu pilgrims from all over the world, being one of the four major sites in India’s Chota Char Dham pilgrimage. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. He is named as the ‘Lord of Kedar Khand’. It is one of the 275 Padal Petra Sthalams. The temple is believed to be built by the Pandavas during Mahabharata according to Hindu Mythology. The place is one of the most visited religious place by the tourist and the devotees. It looks magnificent when thousands of devotees come and visit the place. It has a great scenic view of holiness.

History of Kedarnath

The  Temple is believed to have been built by Adi Sankaracharya and is named in honor of King Temple  who ruled in the Satya Yuga. The temple existed from the times of Mahabharata when the Pandavas are supposed to have Shiva by doing penance in Temple.

The temple is believed to have been built by the Pandavas. There are many mythological legends that believed about the Temple. Some of them are

Legend 1 – According to the Hindu Mythology, Nara and Narayana – the two incarnations of Lord Vishnu performed severe penance in Badrikashraya of Bharat Khand, in front of Shivalingam. They wanted to please Lord Shiva with their devotion. With their utter devotion and worship, Shiva got pleased and appeared in front of them and asked them to wish whatever they want to ask for. Nar and Narayana requested Shiva to take up a permanent abode as a Jyotirlingam at Temple so that all people who worship Shiva shall be freed their miseries. The lingam at Kedarnath, unlike its usual form, is pyramidal and is regarded as one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. Temple is highest among the 12 Jyotirlingas.

Legend 2– Another history related to the Kedarnath Temple is that Goddess Parvati worshipped Kedareshwar to unite with Shiva as Ardhanareeswarar.

Bhairon Temple– A little away from Temple is a temple dedicated to Bhaironathji who is worshipped at the openings and closings of Kedarnath. The belief is that Bhairavnathji protects this land from evil during the time when the Temple of Kedarnath is closed.

Legend 3 – According to the history of Hindu mythology, During the Mahabharatha war, the Pandavas killed their relatives.  Pandavas were searching for Lord Shiva to absolve themselves from their sins committed at the battlefield of Mahabharata. The Pandavas undertook a pilgrimage. Lord Shiva was away in Kailasa in the Himalayas. On learning this, Pandavas left Kashi. They reached the Himalayas via Kashi. They saw Lord Shankar from far away. Lord Shiva was in no mood to forgive them so easily. So he hid from them and converted himself into a bull and went to Garhwal side of Uttrakhand. Then Dharmaraj said: ‘‘Oh, Lord, You have hidden from us because we have committed a sin. But our sins will get washed away only when we will get your darshan and whatever would happen we will seek you anyhow. This place where you have hidden will be known as Guptakashi and become a famous shrine.’’

After Guptkashi the Pandavas went ahead and while they were wandering in search of Lord Shiva. Nakul and Sahdev found a bull that was unique to look at. Then Bheem went after the bull with his mace. But was not able to catch him. Bheem 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 Kedar.

On this hind part of Shiva, a Jyotirlinga appeared and Lord Shiva appeared from this light. By getting the Darshan of Lord Shankar, the Pandavas were absolved of their sins. Then Shiva 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.

Other attractions in Kedarnath

  • Kedarnath Mountain
  • Triyuginarayan Temple
  • Rambara
  • Chorbari
  • Deoria Tal
  • Gaurikund
  • Sunprayag
  • Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Bhairavnath Temple
  • Guptkashi
  • Shankaracharya Samadhi
  • Madhmaheswar Temple
  • Vasuki Tal Mountain Lake

Why Should You Visit Kedarnath?

Being one of the most sacred places in Uttrakhand, and a famous tourist spot. Temple also has many other nearby places to visit which you can see if you visit Temple. And moreover, they are the other 3 parts of Char Dham Yatra.

#1  Badrinath

Badrinath is considered one of the holiest places in the Hindu religion. Adi Shankaracharya found the idol of Lord Badri in Alaknanda River and put it up in a cave near Tapt Kund. In the 16th century, a Garhwal King got the temple erected, which has been renovated many times because of the results of Natural calamities.

#2 Gangotri

It is situated in the Uttarkashi district of Uttrakhand, the original temple of Gangotri was built by Amar Singh Thapa, a Gurkha general, in the early 19th century. Gangotri Dham is dedicated to Goddess Ganga. The river originates at Gaumukh from the Gangotri glacier which is some 19 km from the town of Gangotri. The river is called ‘‘Bhagirathi’’ at the source and acquires the name Ganga from Devprayag onwards where it meets the Alaknanda. The origin of the holy river is at Gaumukh, set in the Gangotri Glacier. It is preached at a height of 3042 mts.

#3 Yamunotri

Yamunotri is the second most holy river of India, The River Yamuna, takes birth. It is situated in the western region of Garhwal Himalayas at an altitude of 3,291 meters (10,797ft) in the Uttarkashi district of Uttrakhand, Yamunotri Dham is the first stop in the pilgrimage. It is believed that bathing in its water cleanses all sins and protects from an untimely and painful death. The shrine of Yamunotri is believed to be built by the King of Tehri, Naresh Sudarshan Shah, in 1839.

Best Time to Visit Kedarnath

Kedarnath is visited by thousands of devotees and tourists every year. During the summers (May and June). You will find the place filled with crowd and hustle-bustle.

During the rainy season from (April to August), a large number of devotees visit the place because that is the peak time of Char Dham Yatra. But because of the heavy rainfall, the occurrence of landslides also takes place.

During the winter season, Kedarnath Temple is closed for six months because of Extreme Cold and Heavy snowfall.

The Route to Reach Temple

Kedarnath is well connected through roads to the major cities. Chandigarh, Nagpur, Delhi, Haridwar – Rishikesh. Buses are available from Delhi to Kedarnath through Haridwar and Rishikesh. After covering the distance of 206 km from Delhi to Haridwar and Rishikesh. You will the buses for (Gaurikund) Kedarnath there. Kedarnath is connected to Delhi through National Highway Nh58 with Gaurikund. Gaurikund is the last station before you reach Kedarnath. From Gaurikund you will have to start the trek of around 16 km.

Even through trains the railways are well connected to the major cities. By Railway you can easily get trains from Delhi to Haridwar or Rishikesh daily. After you reach there again the process is the same. Through Airways you can take the flight to Jollygrant airport near Dehradun. The airport is also near Rishikesh. After you reach the Airport take the taxi for Rishikesh. It would take 20 to 30 minutes to reach there.

For your Stay in Kedarnath

If you are planning to stay in Kedarnath then you have one option. After GoriKund where you will get out of your bus, or your car because that is the last stop. The option is for staying is the government provided synthetic huts or tents. Even in Kedarnath, you will find the synthetic huts and tents whose charges are Rs 300 per bed and the tent charges are Rs 100 per bed.

For Food

The food is also provided by the government which Rs 60 for lunch and 30 for breakfast.

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