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Kedarnath

 

About Kedarnath

Kedarnath is one of the Four Dhams of Garhwal Himlaya situated at a height of 3584 meters from Sea Level. Kedarnath is the highest among All Jyotirlinga Temples in India. It provides some of the most breathtaking picturesque views of Rudra Himalayan ranges of the Garhwal Himalaya. Nature hasgivenan astounding beauty and luster to this valley. The Temple of Kedarnath is built of massive stone over a rectangular platform. If you will ascend through the steps and reach at sanctum of temple some inscription in Pali are inscribed on steps. Adi Shakaracharya built the modern temple.The inner walls of the temple are having various deities and scenes from Hindu mythology. Some information about origin of Kedarnath Temple can be found in epic Mahabharata. After the battle of Mahabharata Pandavas wanted to seek the blessing of Lord Shiva but Lord Shiva eluded them repeatedly and while evading Lord Shiva took refuge at Kedarnath in the form of bull

Brief History of Kedarnath :-

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Kedarnath is named in honor of King Kedar, who ruled in the Satya Yuga. He had a daughter named Vrinda who was a partial incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi. She performed austerities for 60000 years. In honour of her, the land is named Vrindavan. The temple is believed to have been built by Adi Sankaracharya and is one of the twelve Jyothirlingas, the holiest Hindu shrines of Lord Shiva. The older temple existed from the times of Mahabharata, when the Pandavas are supposed to have pleased Shiva by doing penance in Kedarnath. The temple is also one of the four major sites in India's Char Dham pilgrimage of Northern Himalayas. At the entrance of the temple is the statue of Nandi, the divine bull of Shiva. Due to extreme weather conditions, the temple at Kedarnath enshrining the Jyotirlingam of Shiva is open only between the end of April to start of November. Here Shiva is worshipped as Kedarnath, the 'Lord of Kedar Khand', the historical name of the region. Tradition has it that when undertaking Kedarnath Yatra, pilgrims first visit Yamunotri and Gangotri and bring with them the holy waters from the sources of the rivers Yamuna and Ganga and offer to Kedareshwara. The temple is not directly accessible by road and has to be reached by a 14 km uphill trek from Gaurikund. Book Your Tour

General Information :-

Temperature : Ranges from 0 – 15 degrees in Winter and 0 to 24 degrees in Summer                                                         
Clothing : Light woolen clothes in summer and Heavy woolen clothes in Winter

Language : Hindi English & Garhwali

Best time to visit: From May to June and September to October

Places of Attraction in Kedarnath :-

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Chandrashila: One of the picturesque locations in the Rudraprayag District, Uttarakhand state. Chandrashila is placed at an elevation of 3679 meter. It is easy accessibility makes it a much desired trekking spot in the locality.

Chopta: Another fascinating trek through the snowy environ that is what Chopta offers. A remote locale on the high ranges of the Himalayas is bestowed with eye catching spectacles of the majestic mountains and lush meadows.

Sonprayag: Sonprayag situated at an altitude of 1829 mts. This tiny hamlet situates at the convergence of two majestic rivers, Mandakini and Basuki. Bounded by lofty snow clad peaks, this place offers an unruffled calmness.

Vasuki Tal: This lake situated at an altitude of 4135 mts. In the midst of snowy mountains is a breath taking sight. Vasuki tal is one of the prettiest sights in Kedarnath, which is liked for its glittering waters.

Agastyamuni: Augustyamuni is famous for the temple in the name of sage Agastya.

Shankaracharya Samadhi: The famous Hindu philosopher Sri Sankaracharya is considered to be the renovator of the Kedarnath shrine. Book Your Tour

Places around Kedarnath :-

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Chorabari Tal: Chorabari Tal is a beautiful lake located 3kms from Kedarnath in the mouth of Chorabari Bamak Glacier. Chorabari Tal is also known as Gandhi sarovar. The trek is easy but be careful while crossing the waterfall in between.

Gaurikund: It is at the distance of 14kms from shrine of Kedarnath. The place is named after Goddess Parvati, wife of Lord Shiva and a temple Gauri is also situated here. In this palace Lord Shiva accepted marry to Parvati at this place and married with her in Trijuginarayan. The place also has natural thermal springs.

Deoria Tal: Situated at an altitude of 2,438 mts above sea level. The lake is situated amidst lush green inclined field surrounded by dense trees. Deoria Tal serves as a popular trekking destination in the region because of its ease of access and soothing scenic beauty.

Gandhi Sarovar: Gandhi Sarovar is a small lake holding crystal clear water. It is Situated at an altitude of 3,900mts above sea level. Gandhi Sarovar is also known as Chorabari Tal because it is situated on the mouth of Chorabari Bamak glacier and the weather of this region changes rapidly.

Kalpeshwar: Kalpeshwar is the last temple in the list of Panch Kedar pilgrimage circuit. Its situated at an altitude of 2,134 mts above sea level. It is the only temple of the sacred Panch Kedar that remains opened all year round.

Madmaheshwar: also called as Madhya Maheshwar Temple of Lord Shiva

How to reach:

By Air: The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, which is about 239 km from Kedarnath. There are regular flights from New Delhi.

Rail: Kedarnath does not have railway station. Ramnagar (RMR), Kotdwara (KTW), Kathgodam (KGM) and Haridwar Jn (HW) are 4 nearby train stations connected to Delhi.

Road : Delhi to Gaziabad(20 km ) to modinagar to meerut (70 km ) to haridwar (100 km ) to Dehradoon (70 km ) Rishikesh to Rudraprayag (169 Km) to Kedarnath -last 11 km on foot.
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