Lord Shiva manifested in the form of Jyotirlingam or the cosmic light. Kedarnath is highest among the 12 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. The origin of the revered temple can be found in the great epic – Mahabharata. According to legends, the Pandavas sought the blessings of lord Shiva to atone their sin after the battle of Mahabharata. Lord Shiva eluded them repeatedly and while fleeing took refuge at Kedarnath in the form of a bull. On being followed, he dived into ground leaving behind his hump on the surface. 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 21 km trek from Sonprayag.
At the approach of winters in the month of November, the holy statue of Lord Shiva, is carried down from Kedarnath 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.
Best time to Viist Kedarnath
The ideal time or peak season to go for a Char Dham Yatra is from May to October, except monsoons. This is because; all the four sacred sites are perched in Garhwal Himalayas, which is prone to heavy snowfall. As a result, all the passage leading to the shrines are blocked. Moreover, during the monsoon season, there is undue threat of having landslides, which can further disrupt the journey.
How to Reach Kedarnath
By Air : Nearest airport is Jolly Grant, 260 kms.
By Rail : Nearest railhead is at Rishikesh, 243 kms.
By Road : Well connected to Rishikesh, Haridwar, Dehradun and Delhi.
Where to Stay in Kedarnath
The most revered temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, Kedarnath is one of the four Char Dhams in India. Perched at a towering elevation of 3,583 m above sea level in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand, Kedarnath temple was built by Pandavas and revived by Adi Shankaracharya. Due to its relative high altitude, there are few accommodations available in Kedarnath however one can easily findaccommodation in Gaurikund.New Himachal House ,Shivalik Valley Resorts, Bhopal Bhawan, GMVN Kedarnath – Tourist Rest House, GMVN Rampur Tourist Rest House
Where to Eat in Kedarnath
Options for eating out can get very limited at Kedarnath. expect huge, well laid out restaurants. One might find a number of dhabas and eateries dotting the area, though. It might be a good idea to carry some packed food and drinks. Also , only vegetarian food is available and alcoholic beverages prohibited in Kedarnath. Saket Restaurant: “Best dining in Badrinath, Strictly Veggies
Attraction in Kedarnath
which are great places to visit, are Chorbari, Kedarnath Mandir, Gaurikund, Kedarnath Mountain, Mandakini River.
Activities in Kedarnath
2 adventure sports in kedarnath
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