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.
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. T...View more
e 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 YatraChota Chardham Yatra
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 ...View more
Mandap, apt for assemblies of pilgrims and visitors. The linga here is different as it is a conical rock formation inside the temple.Picture courtesy : commons.wikimedia.org
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)
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.
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
Abhishek with Ghee till 3:00 PM
Pilgrims offer Abhishek to Kedarnath with the holy water of Yamuna & Ganga that they bring with them. Ghee abhishek is also offered.