Kedarnath


The Kedarnath shrine is one of the 12 jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva, is a scenic spot situated, against the backdrop of the majestic Kedarnath range. Kedar is another name of Lord Shiva, the protector and the destroyer. According to legend, the Pandavas after having won over the Kaurava in the Kurukshetra war, felt guilty of having killed their own brothers and sought the blessings of Lord Shiva for redemption. He eluded them repeatedly and while fleeing took refuge at Kedarnath in the form of a bull. On being followed he dived into the ground, leaving his hump on the surface. The remaining portions of Lord Shiva appeared at four other places and are worshipped there as his manifestations. The arms appeared at Tungnath, the face at Rudranath, the belly at Madhmaheshwar and his locks (hair) with head at Kalpeshwar. Kedarnath and the four above-mentioned shrines are treated as Panch Kedar.

Kedarnath Temple

Jyotirlinga is located in the picturesque surroundings of Rudra Himalaya Range at a height of 12000 feet on a mountain named Kedar. Near Kedarnath is the source of the river Mandakini that joins Alakananda at Rudraprayag. This place is approximately 150 miles away from Hardwar and 132 miles north of Rishikesh and is accessible by foot.

The temple is the house for the Shiva ‘lingam’ and devotees visit the place to receive blessing from Lord Shiva. This temple carries a legendary story. The Pandavas, after the battle of Kurushetra wanted to meet lord Shiva, but their patience was examined by the lord. The Pandavas where asked to visit Kedar to meet lord Shiva.

Devotees visit the place as it is believed lord Shiva is one of the creators of the earth. The Shiva lingam is the mainly worshipped here for the well-being of mankind.

As far as the climate conditions are concern. In Winter: Sep. to Nov. cold during the day and chilly at night.And in the Summer: May - August- Cool during the day and cold at night

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