Kedarnath Temple is one of the many Hindu temples dedicated to God Shiva, and it won’t be wrong to say that it’s one of the most prominent ones. Located on the Garhwal Himalayan range The Kedarnath temple height is of 3,583 m, in the proximity of the Mandakini River, a tributary of the river Ganga which flows in Kedarnath, which is located 223 km from Rishikesh, in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Here are two beautiful Kedarnath temple images.
The area of Kedarnath Uttrakhand faces extreme cold weather conditions, because of which the temple is open and accessible only between the months of April (end) to November (beginning). The temple is an impressive stone edifice whose exact date of establishment is unknown. Although some people believe that Kedarnath temple structure dates back to 8th century. The temple stands on a plateau which is surrounded by snow Cladded Mountains and glaciers. Now talking about inner structure of Kedarnath mandir,directly opposite to inner shrine i.e Kedarnath jyotirlinga of the Kedarnath mandir there is a statue of Lord Nandi which carved out of rock. Lord Nandi was considered the biggest follower of Lord Shiva.
Kedarnath Temple History :
Kedarnath history states that, according to Hindu mythology, during the holy war of Kurukshetra also known as the Mahabharata the Kauravas and the Pandavas fought each other. In this battle a lot of their own kin got killed. Kedarnath temple story states that in order to get penance from this sin and earn absolution the Pandavas went for a pilgrimage. The Pandavas left Kashi ionce they came to know that Lord Vishweshwara was in Kailash which is situated amid the peaks of Himalayas. On not finding him Dharamraj also known as Yudhishtra declared “My Lord you have concealed yourself from us because we all have sinned. The only possible way to wash off our sins is by seeing you almighty. This place where you chose to hide yourself will be known as Guptakshi and be worshipped as a shrine from this day forth.” From there the Pandavas continued on their journey and reached Gaurikund in the valleys of the Himalayas. They searched the place for Lord Shankara. During this search Nakul and Sahdev happened to find a strange looking unique he-buffalo. Bheema approached the creature with his mace. Although Bheema could not catch the clever buffalo but ultimately he hit the buffalo with his mace. Because of which the buffalo dig its head in the crevice in the earth.
According to the myth Bheema started pulling the buffalo out by its tail and in this tug of war of pulling and resisting the buffalo got beheaded with the head rising from the ground and falling straight in Nepal and the hind parting staying there with the tail in Bheema’s hands. The head is known as Pashupatinath in Nepal. After this turn of events a glorious JyotirLinga, Mahesh appeared from the hind part of the creature. Lord Shankara gave showed his presence to his devotees by appearing from this glorious sight. The Pandavas got penance from their sins on getting to see the incarnation of Lord Shankara. The Lord told the Pandavas that henceforth he’ll remain there in form of JyotirLinga which will be triangular in shape and all the devotees who’ll visit Kedar and witness this will attain piety and hence Kedarnath mandir is also known as Kedarnath dham.
Kedarnath temple video can be viewed on several youtube channels easily and Kedarnath temple images can be found all over the internet.One of the Kedarnath temple photo is attached below.
There are many other places around this area like Pandukeshwar, this is the place where King Pandu (father of the Pandavas) died while making love to her beloved Madri. In order to pay him homage the tribal people perform their local dance “Pandav Nritya”. The top of the mountain from where the Pandavas went on to heaven is famous by the name of Swargarohini. Kedarnath temple story involves the myth that while leaving for Heaven Dharamraj’s one of the fingers fell on the earth. At that very exact place he made a Shiva Linga of the size of a thumb.
There are numerous other local myths also signifying the importance of this place but this one of the Kedarnath temple story which is the most prevalent of all is that the temple is simply made out of stone with not much work done on architecture and cravings etc matching the attire and personality of Lord Shiva. The temple is so religious that it is one of the 4 holy Dhams of India meaning in order to attain inner peace and Moksha one has to pay a visit to this temple apart from the other three and is also known as Kedarnath Dham. It is believed that after visiting this temple the sorrows and other negativity don’t even come in the dreams of the followers. The religious significance of this temple is huge and is frequently visited by hoards of people not only from India but also from abroad.
How to Reach Kedarnath Temple ?
Kedarnath is located in the Rudraprayag district of Uttrakhand. Because of its location the Kedarnath temple route has no direct access by road. One can reach Kedarnath via all three major means of transportation i.e. via car/bus, train or by air. In order to reach here if you are travelling from south of the temple, you have to go via Delhi.
The nearest railway stations are that of Haridwar and Rishikesh. From the major cities like Delhi and Chandigarh, Rishikesh is at a distance of 230 Km and 215 Km respectively which takes about 4-5 hours in train. From both Haridwar and Rishikesh there are regular buses to Gaurikund which is the nearest town to Kedarnath.
Gaurikund is nearly 220 Km’s ahead of Rishikesh. If you are travelling via air then the nearest airport is that of Dehradun. Dehradun is at a distance of 167 Km from Chandigarh if you are travelling from the north of the temple and its 240 Km’s from Delhi if you are travelling from the South. From Dehradun, Gaurikund is 250 Km’s far ahead to where there are regular buses or if you want you can even get a cab for yourself also.
Once you’ve reached Gaurikund you can reach Kedarnath from there only by going through a steep 13 Km trek through a properly paved path. There are horses, ponies and palanquins available at Gaurikund which can be hired for rent. The rent of these are subject to change according to the service providers. Because of the distance, weather conditions and tiring and treacherous trek it generally takes more than a day to reach Kedarnath from Gaurikund. Now a days the facility to travel via helicopter is also very common and widely used.
There are various places in Uttrakhand like Phata, Dehradun, Gauchar, Agustmuni, Sitapur from where the helicopter services to Kedarnath are available. There are small villages around the temple where there are enough provisions for staying overnight and food etc.
The road till Gaurikund is totally safe and mesmerizing. The trek from Gaurikund till Kedarnath is treacherous but the love for Lord Shiva and also the amazing scenic beauty of the place makes it comfortable, exciting and less tiring.