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Kedarnath Temple - Sacred Pilgrimage Shrine of Lord Shiva

There are 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva, and Kedarnath Dham is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. The jyotirlinga in Kedarnath Dham was made by Pandavas.

Kedarnath temple is perhaps the most conspicuous altar among every one of the four Shrines that are dedicated to Chota Chardham. It's anything but countless aficionados however these days numerous youths are likewise getting drawn to this hallowed place, either for a journey visit or to encounter the adventure and thrill.

Kedarnath temple is situated among the grand Himalayas draws in various travelers and is the important religious shrine of North India. The auspice and quietness of Kedarnath Dham help nature lovers and give the best detox to their brains and souls from a wide range of pessimism. The individuals who are unequipped for journeying for 17km on the slope can likewise visit Kedarnath by Helicopter, or they can likewise employ poney, donkeys, and dandi to make their movement somewhat simpler.

The mythology  & history of the Kedarnath temple

Kedarnath temple is a Hindu century that is around 1200 years old. According to folklore during the epic Mahabharata time frame, Pandavas took on a conflict against their siblings friends, and family. In that fight, they killed their relatives. They carried out a pitiless thing and got reviled for doing "Brahmahatya". Presently for reparation after carrying out such a thing master Krishna and holy person Ved Vayas the author of the Epic Mahabharata advised them to love and discover ruler Shiva no one but Shiva can liberate them from Frightful deed. Looking for Lord Shiva, they went to the Himalayan area of Uttarakhand.

They began doing severity for master shiva. However, Lord Shiva was truly furious with them and didn't show before them. Pandavas became baffled and frantic, then, at that point master shiva chose to show however stealthily structure and he chose to appear as a bull to test Pandavas if they could make out whether the bull was Lord Shiva itself or not. Where Lord Shiva remained is known as "Gupt Kashi" and there is a Vishvanath sanctuary likewise in GuptKashi. Guptkashi is en route to Kedarnath Dham.

Bhim among the Pandavas had the option to perceive Lord shiva as a bull and ruler Shiva didn't need them to see him along these lines, he attempted to run however Bhim got his tail and Lord Shiva slammed against the mountains, and the body of the bull was devasted into a few sections.

The middle of his body stayed at Kedarnath and today his middle is venerated. The face falls is Rudranath, his arm falls at Tungnath, hairs at Kalpeshwar, and the rear piece of his body in Madmaheshwar. Lord Shiva showed before Pandavas and disclosed to them that in Kalyug nobody can outwardly see me; they can venerate my "Pind" in Kedarkhand.

Kedarnath Trek

The trek for Kedarnath Dham starts from Gaurikund and you need to trek 17 km to reach the temple. on one side you will see a hot water stream which got destroyed in a natural calamity in 2013 and on the opposite side you will see the Mandakini waterway.

In the wake of having a shower in Gaurikund and completing biometrics, Trek will begin and you will arrive at Bhimbali, from Bhimbali you will cross the extension, and from that point, Kedarghati will begin. The following stop after Bhimbali is Rambada.

In the wake of intersection Rambada, you will go over Jungle Chatti, and from here you will travel your route straight towards Kedarnath Dham. As you will arrive at the blessed sanctuary of Kedarnath you will see the stream Mandakini streaming close by, on the opposite side you will see an enormous stone named Bhim Shila.

It is named Bhim Shila because Bhim put that stone to shield the sanctuary from getting destroyed.

Kedarnath Helipads

Helipads

Time Duration

First Fly

Last Fly

Gaurikund Helipad

15 min

6:30 A.M.

6:30 P.M.

Sitapur Helipad

10 min

6:00 A.M.

6:00 P.M.

Phata Helipad

10 min

6:30 A.M.

6:00 P.M.

Dehradun Helipad

     

Where to stay in Kedarnath

Kedarnath Dham is located at a height so if you are visiting this temple by trekking then you can't come back to Gaurikund in just one day and hence you need to take accommodation in Kedarnath itself. Here are some of the good accommodations that are available near Kedarnath Shrine:

Uma Shree Hotel, Himalayan Comforts, Buransh Heli Resort, Kedar Valley Resorts, Kedar Camp-Resorts

Nearby attractions of Kedarnath temple

1. Vasuki Tal

Vasuki Tal is situated at a distance of 8 km from Kedarnath Dham in Uttarakhand. It's anything but an icy mass lake that draws in a ton of vacationers and the view is additionally tremendous from this spot. Getting you clearing perspectives on the Chaukhamba tops, the lake is additionally acclaimed for the blossoming Brahmakamals – known to be one-of-its-sort on the planet.

2. Shankaracharya Samadhi

Adi Guru Shankaracharya was the person who developed the four Dhams and other shrines of Uttarakhand. In transit toward the Kedarnath, Dham aficionados can honor his samadhi. No visit to Kedarnath is considered finished without offering your appreciation here. While the Sphatika lingam housed here is said to eliminate negative karma

3. Chandrashila

Chandrashila is a brilliant spot to encounter an adventure like Trekking, the degree of journeying isn't exceptionally troublesome, so it's anything but a decent spot for beginners. It is situated at a stature of 3679 m.

4. Sonprayag

Sonprayag is the confluence point of rivers Mandakini and Vasuki. It is located at a distance of 19 km from Kedarnath. Praise the stunning perspectives here and scrub down at the neighborhood falls if the climate grants. It's said to purge away your wrongdoings.

5. Kedargiri Kund

Kedargiri Kund is formed by Kedarnath, Kedarnath Gumbaz, and Bhartekuntha mountain. Many glaciers like Mandakini flowers from here.

6. Gaurikund

According to mythology,  Gaurikund is where Goddess Sati did Severe starkness for Lord Shiva. This little town is situated at a stature of 1972 m. you can get heavenly water in Gaurikund which can save the human body from different sicknesses.

7. Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary

This wildlife sanctuary is located in the Alaknanda River valley. This wildlife sanctuary was constructed in the year 1972 near Kedarnath Dham.

8. Triyugi Narayan

Triyugi Narayan is a newfound shrine where Lord Shiva and Goddess Sati Got Remarried. The fire in the Kund is still there and this objective is celebrated among couples. You can gather the remains of the fire for intimate euphoria, look at the three Kunds or water bodies close by, said to have begun from Lord Vishnu's navel, and respect the dreamlike scene here.

9. Chorabari Tal

Otherwise called Gandhi Sarovar, Chorabari Tal lies under five kilometers from the Kedarnath Temple. Taken care of by the Chorabari Bamak icy mass, the lake orders the absolute best Himalayan perspectives in the district. This lake is the ideal spot to kick back and unwind after your trip. Do attempt to design your visit promptly toward the beginning of the day, since the climate here is fairly unusual.

10. Rudraprayag

Rudraprayag is the meeting point of two rivers Alaknanda and Mandakini river. In Rudraprayag, there is a Rudranath temple.

11. Bhim Shila

It is named Bhim Shila because Bhim set that stone to shield the sanctuary from getting destroyed. Regular cataclysm caused in 2013, would have destroyed the sanctuary however it was saved by Bhim Shila.

Things to carry on the trek

  • You need to take your woolen with you because it generally remains cold throughout the year, especially at night.
  • You also need to take your first aid medical kit including vomit medicines, banded in case of any miss happens.
  • the oxygen cylinder because it is a must as the trek is very hard.
  • A raincoat is also very important because rainfall and snowfall can happen at any time.

How to reach Kedarnath Temple

By Air: The nearest airport to Kedarnath Dham is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun and from there local taxi service for Gaurikund is provided. You can also opt for Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport which is an international airport, on arrival you can hire a local taxi or take the bus service to Guarikund.

By Train: The nearest railway station is the Haridwar Railway station and by reaching there you can take a local taxi to Gaurikund. This Railway station is well connected to major cities of India.

By bus: you can take the local Interstate bus service from your state to the Haridwar bus terminal and then take a local bus to Gaurikund. If you are going from Delhi then you can take the bus going towards Haridwar from Kashmiri gate ISBT. NH 45 connects Haridwar to other Major cities of India.

The best time to visit Kedarnath Temple

The door of the sanctuary opens upon the arrival of "Akshay Tritiya" of summer and the cart of Lord Shiva is moved into the sanctuary at Ukhimath. From May to June and from till November, the best and ideal opportunity to visit this shrine. Winter is the point at which the entryway of the sanctuary closes again for half a year.

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