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Kedarnath Temple

Kedarnath Jyotirlinga Shiva Temples :

Kedarnath temple is one of the most sacred Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva in India. It is situated in Kedarnath in the state of Uttarakhand. The Kedarnath temple is located at a height of 12000 feet on Kedar Mountain. The Kedarnath temple is home to one of the twelve Jyotirling (linga of light) and is one of the Char Dhams in India. The temple is open for worship between end of April to Kartik Purnima due to the extreme weather conditions there. At the time of winter the idols are brought from Kedarnath to Ukhimath.

Kedarnath Temple

Kedarnath Temple (Image Credit - kesarbisht.blogspot.com)

Lord Siva is known as Kedarnath (Lord of Kedar Khand) in this region.

The Kedarnath temple can be reached from Gaurikund by a 14 km trek. It is commonly believed that this temple was built by Adi Sankaracharya.

According to the legends Nara and Narayana were the two incarnations of Lord Vishnu. They performed severe tapasya in front of Badrikashraya and Bharat Khand, which were Shivalingam made from earth. Lord Shiva, impressed by their devotion appeared in front of them and told them to ask for a boon. Nar and Narayana asked Lord Shiva to take up permanent abode at Kedarnath as a Jyotirlingam.

Some of the important places to see at Kedarnath are:

Gandhi Sarovar- It is a small lake from where it is believed that Yudhisthir departed to heaven.

Guptkashi- This place is famous for the sacred temples of Vishwanathji and Ardhnarishwar.

Sonprayag- The union of Mandakini and Son Ganga rivers.

Gaurikund- This village acts as the base for the trek to Kedarnath. This place has a temple of Gauri and is famous for its hot springs.

Triyuginarayan- This is a mythological place where the wedding Continue reading