Panch Kedar Yatra

A Himalayan homage

The snow kissed peaks of the Himalayas stretches across the horizon as the trek of 170 kms, through steep mountain sides, apple orchards, wild thickets and winding pathways leads the devotees to the five holy dwellings of Lord Shiva. It is here, in these five shrines that various parts of the Lord's body are believed to have emerged. The Panch Kedar journey is strenuous; each step arduous. It is also extremely gratifying, with the Lord's blessings along with the experience to soak in some of the enchanting scenery of the Himalayas. Following strict sequence in visiting the temples, the Panch Kedar yatra circuit starts at Kedarnath, then Tungnath, Rudranath, Madhyamaheshwar and ends at Kalpeshwar.

Legend

The Pandavas after the war of Kurukshetra, went in search of Shiva to ask pardon for the sins of fratricide. Shiva, avoided them, took disguise of a bull and went into hiding in Guptakashi. The Pandavas chased him there. Shiva's body in the form of bull materialised at five different spots with Lord's hump appearing in Kedarnath, the arms in Tunganath, the nabhi (navel) in Madhyamaheshwar, the face at Rudranath and the tresses surfacing at Kalpeshwar. The Pandavas built temples at these five places in honour of the Lord. Over the years, visiting these temples developed into the Panch Kedar circuit, one of the toughest pilgrimages to the five shrines of Lord Shiva.

Deity - Temples

Deity:- Lord Shiva

Temples Covered:-

Kedarnath Temple
Tungnath Temple
Rudranath Temple
Madhyamaheshwar Temple
Kalpeshwar Temple

Purpose

The yatra of Panch Kedar is said please Lord Shiva immensely.  It is said that completion of the yatra results in ablution of one's sins as well as fulfilment of the wishes. This tedious trek is a test of a person's physical as well as mental toughness. It can be extremely satisfying, not just spiritually but also to feel the beauty and culture of the Himalayan terrains

Who can go?

The journey to the five abodes of Shiva is extremely strenuous. It needs very high level of physical fitness and mental toughness to do this journey. Those who are not physically fit or with any other medical conditions should avoid the yatra.

Yatra Preparations

The circuit of Panch Kedar consists of some of  the hardest temple treks in the Himalayas. Those who are about to undertake the journey are advised to get through medical check ups. They are also advised to do smaller treks in advance to get themselves fit for this circuit. Keep abreast of the weather as the climate in this part of the country can change suddenly.

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Area Covered

Uttarakhand
Language spoken :- Hindi

Auspicious Days

The shrines usually open around Akshya Tritiya in April and closes after Diwali in November. Kalpeshwar shrine is open throughout the year.

Any contact numbers?

Tourist helpline by Uttarakhand tourism development board : +91 1352559898, +91 1352559898, +91 1352559987, +91 1352559987



Best time to Travel

The best time to do the Panch Kedar yatra is during the months of May, June before monsoons and September, October before the shrine closes for winter. Rainy season should be avoided as it is dangerous because of slippery slopes and landslides

Duration

15-17 days from Delhi

Travel Method

Most of the temples have a fair bit of trekking to be done on foot. Kedarnath and Tungnath have ponies available for the climb while the others have to be done on foot.

Crowd Expected

Though the shrine of Kedarnath is crowded during the peak season, the other shrines have much less visitors due to the long treks needed to reach them.

Festivals

The shrines usually open around Akshya Tritiya in April and closes after Diwali in October/November. Kalpeshwar shrine is open throughout the year.

Must Haves

The temples of Panch Kedar are in the rural areas with no or very little medical facilities. It is advisable to carry all the medications that you might need for the trip along with you. Comfortable trekking shoes, walking sticks, torches, snacks, dehydration salt packets, essential medicines etc should be carried in the day packs.
Sleeping bags/ blankets should be carried for overnight treks.
Clothes should be packed according to the time of travel.
Please be aware that there might not be mobile phone connectivity in some of these areas.

Health Awarness

Those with any kind of medical conditions, heart diseases, asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure etc are strictly advised to avoid the trip.
The temples of Panch Kedar have no medical facilities around their vicinity.

Additional Info

It is customary to go to Badrinath at the end of Panch Kedar to pay respects to Lord Vishnu as he bears witness to the challenging journey to the revered abodes of Shiva.

Climate

Summer are hot and winters cold in the state of Uttarakhand. The temperatures in the Himalayan regions are pleasant in the summer though it can get very chilly in the night at higher altitudes. The temperatures during the months of September/October vary from 20 degrees during day to below 10 degrees during night.

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