Kedarnath Temple

Kedarnath Temple

Uttarakhand, Bageshwar

Shrine: Kedarnath

Situated at a height of 3584 Metres, Kedranath is one of the 4 important 'char dhams' of India and one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. Kedarnath, part of the majestic Rudra Himalaya Range, is situated in the Uttar Kashi district of the northern state of Uttaranchal. It is located very close to the Indo-Chinese border and is source of the Mandakini River. Present temple was built by Adi Shankaracharya in 8th Century.

Origin: It is believed that the original temple is constructed by Pandavas. The present structure built in 8th Century AD by Adi Shakaracharya.

Legend

Legend has it that when the Pandavas sought penance for killing their loved ones in the great war of the Mahabharata, they came in search of Lord Shiva. Arriving at this very site they found that Shiva had elusively taken the form of a bull and Bhim, the strongest of the Pandavas, went after Shiva who dived deep into the ground. Only Shiva's tail was left in Bhim's hand. This spot is known as the Kedarnath and is also considered the main Kedar. The rest of Shiva's body is believed to have emerged at four other places in Madhyamaheshwar, Tunganath, Kalpeshwar and Rudranath.

This Temple is part of :

12 Jyotirlinga Darsan Yatra.
Panch Kedar Yatra
Chota Chardham Yatra

Architecture

The exquisitely built Kedarnath temple is known to be more than 1000 years old. The present temple, built in 8th century A.D. by Adi Shankaracharya, stands adjacent to the site of an earlier temple, supposed to have been built by the Pandavas. Outside the temple door, a large statue of the Nandi Bull stands as guard. It is a temple made of extremely large, heavy and evenly cut grey slabs of stones. The temple has a "Garbha Griha" for worship and a Mandap, apt for assemblies of pilgrims and visitors. The linga here is different as it is a conical rock formation inside the temple.

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Darsan Info

Temple is open from 4:00 AM to 3:00 PM and from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Temple is closed during Winters and opening times is announced as per astrological predictions. After the 2013 floods, there may be some inconveniences.


Cafe Buransh
Cafe Buransh is situated above Sari, a tiny village hamlet located at an altitude of 2,000 m (6,000 ft) in the Uttarakhand Himalayas. Tungnath, the world's highest Shiva temple, situated in the Chopta Valley, is an hour's drive from here followed by a three-km hike or a pony ride. Shri. Kedarnath, one of the Char Dhams, is a 90 minute drive followed by the option you take to reach the destination: hike/helicopter/pony ride. Madhyamaheshwar - another Panch Kedar, Kali Math, Kali Shila, and Badrinath are also pilgrimage places which can be covered during your stay here. Deoria Tal, a high altitude lake with mythical connotations is a two hour uphill walk from Cafe Buransh.
How to Reach: People usually fly to Dehradun (connection flights available from Delhi) and take a 6 hour drive from Dehradun/Rishikesh.  The drive covers holy places like Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Agustyamuni, and Ukhimath. The nearest rail-head is Haridwar (225 km).

Darsan Dresscode: No dress code. It's a long trek and you should wear clothing that wouldn't be restrictive. Avoid Saree and carry warm clothing.

Photo Identity is compulsory for the devotees wishing to travel by a chopper.
People suffering with critical illnesses are advised to consult their doctor before commuting.

Culture

Kedarnath is a part of 'Chaar Dhaam' Yatra  and naturally, one of the most spiritual locations in India. Moreover, it is the final resting place of Adi Shakracharya. Vedic philosophy and hindu ideologies are the way of the life. Long trek bring people from different states together and serve one ultimate spiritual objective. The entire valley looks like a never ending procession of merry pilgrims during the 'yatras'. Kedarnath has great religious significance as Pandavas came here for penance after the great Mahabharata was was over. Piety, spirituality, and religion are held in high regards.

Language Spoken: Hindi, Garhwali, and English

Location and Contact

Kedarnath, Uttarakhand - 246445

Contact Number : (+91) 1389 222 083

Ways to Reach

After reaching Gaurikund, it's a 14 KM trek to the Kedarnath. Ponies are available and devotees may also opt for chopper services (photo Identity compulsory)

Additional Info

  • Hotels near Kedarnath
    Shivalik Valley Resorts (+91) 98160 33316, (+91) 98160 33316
    Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Rest House (+91) 135 243 1793, (+91) 135 243 1793
    Himalayan Comforts (+91) 97581 97325, (+91) 97581 97325

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Climate

Place Name Jan - March April - June July - Sept Oct - Dec
Max-Temparture 6.1oC 17.3oC 18.6oC 9.4oC
Min-Temparture -3.7oC 7oC 9.3oC 0oC

Temple Rituals

Abhishek with Ghee till 3:00 PM

Special Rituals

Mahabhishek, Sadasopchar, and many other pujas could be booked by contacting the temple administration.

Pooja Timing

Temple is open for Pooja from 4:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Temple is closed from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Regular Offerings

Pilgrims offer Abhishek to Kedarnath with the holy water of Yamuna & Ganga that they bring with them. Ghee abhishek is also offered.





  • Near Bus Stand

  • Bus Stand Gaurikund
  • Nearby Airport

  • Jolly Grant
  • Nearby Railway Station

  • Rishikesh
  • Taxi Stand

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