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Also known as: Holy place for Hindus
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History of: Vedic Times
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Kedarnath is amongst the holiest pilgrimages for the devout Hindu. It is set amidst the stunning mountainscape of the Garhwal Himalayas at the head of the Mandakini River. Kedar is another name of lord Shiva, the protector & the destroyer. Shiva is considered the embodiment of all passions - love, hatred, fear, death & mysticism which are expressed through his various forms.

Lord Shiva manifested in the form of Jyotirlingam or the cosmic light. Kedarnath is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. This ancient and magnificient temple is located in the Rudra Himalaya range. This temple, over a thousand years old is built of massive stone slabs over a large rectangular platform.Ascending through the large gray steps leading to the holy sanctums we find inscriptions in Pali on the steps. The present temple was built by Adi Shankaracharya.The inner walls of the temple sanctum are adorned with figures of various deities and scenes from mythology. Outside the temple door a large statue of the Nandi Bull stands as guard. A conical rock formation inside the temple is worshipped as Lord Shiva in his Sadashiva form. The temple, believed to be very ancient, has been continually renovated over the centuries. It is situated at an altitude of 3,581 mt. it is a 14 km trek from gaurikund.

At the approach of winters in the month of November, the holy statue of Lord Shiva, is carried down from Garhwal (Kedarkhand) to Ukhimath, and is reinstated at Kedarnath, in the first week of May. It is at this time, that the doors of the temple are thrown open to pilgrims, who flock from all parts of India, for a holy pilgrimage. The shrine closes on the first day of Kartik (Oct-Nov) and reopens in Vaishakh (Apr-May) every year. During its closure the shrine is submerged in snow and worship is performed at Ukhimath.

Major Attractions

 

Vasuki Tal
Vasuki tal is one of the prettiest sights in Kedarnath, which is liked for its glittering waters. A lake at an altitude of 4135 meters in the midst of snowy mountains is a breath taking sight. Apart from its awesome beauty, this pictorial lake provides the charming view of the neighboring Chaukhamba peaks.

Gaurikund
Gaurikund also holds a hot water spring by the same name. The devotees believe that a dip in this pond makes them pure and after that a holy darshan in the shrine would fulfill all their wants. So all those who are on a holy trip to Kedarnath shrine stop here for a while.

 

Sonparyag
Lies at an altitude of 1829 meters Son Prayag holds a captivating appeal that grabs large number of tourists each year. 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.

 

Guptkashi
Famed for the Ardhanareeshwar and Viswanath temples, Gupt Kashi serves as an ideal stopover place for the devotees to Kedarnath. As per Hindu Mythology, Lord Shiva makes himself hidden here for some time. During winter, the deity at the Kedarnath shrine proceeds through this place to its winter abode. Viswanath is one among the many incarnations of Lord Shiva. Viswanath literally means the lord of the Universe. The temple premises reflect the architectural style of the bygone eras.

 

Chopta
Yet 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. This picture book location at an altitude of 2900 meters provides unblemished surroundings to the visitors. Chopta comes under the protected area of Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary and so it is a natural habitat for many of the rare species in the animal kingdom.

Distance from major cities

Delhi 446 Kms
Rishikesh 221 Kms
Dehradun 239 Kms

 

How to reach there

by Air Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the nearest airport to Kedarnath (239 Kms).
by Rail Rishikesh Railway Station is the nearest major rail station to Kedarnath.
by Road Kedarnath is well connected with national highway from Delhi.

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