Kedarnath is a divine Hindu town situated in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand in India. It is one of the sacred Char Dhams sited in the Himalayas. Kedarnath is located at an amazing height of 3584 meters above sea level near the source of Mandakini River.
The Kedarnath temple lies amongst the grand snow-capped Garhwal Himalayan ranges and is packed by thousands of travelers each year. The thrilling and risky weather condition of Kedarnath dham during winters make the temple to remain open only from the end of April to the beginning of November. It is one of the twelve divine Jyotirlingas of Kedar which is another name of Lord Shiva. In Kedarnath only there are about more than 200 temples devoted to Lord Shiva.
Some highlights of Kedarnath Dham
- Kedarnath Temple devoted to Lord Shaiva or Kedar
- Time of opening to visit Kedarnath dham is May to November.
- Kedarnath Temple is one of the panch kedar which refers to five holy places or temples of Lord Shiva.
- Kedarnath temple's idol of Lord Shiva bring to Ukhimath for the worship and rituals during winter season.
- Kedarnath dham placed on the highest among all the 12 jyotirlings.
- Kedarnath dham temple is a great example of marvellous engineering.
Constructed almost thousand years ago, the Kedarnath temple can only be visited during the course of summer months of the year. Winters are extremely cold with heavy snow and the temple unlocks only when the snow liquefies best time to visit there is during the month of April to November. Apart from just a pilgrimage center, this place also offers a charming view of the snowcapped Himalayas and the fabulous panoramas of green fields and appealing valleys.
There are rather a limited tourist spots in Kedarnath but must visit place. The tourist's guide to Kedarnath gives you details of the places you visit and their significance. The Kedarnath temple, constructed in the 8th century by Adi Guru Sankaracharya which placed nearby to one more temple made by the Pandavas. The samadhi of the Adi Guru is behind the core temple. That tomb is also a most important attraction of Kedarnath. Then there is one of the most scenic lakes which is called is the Vasuki Tal that is bounded around by lordly peaks and gives you a magnificent view of the peaks. The whole area is 3 square kilometer, creating it a small town, however rich in spiritual values.
How to reach Kedarnath: To reach Kedarnath one has to reach Haridwar in Uttarakhand by train or bus. Haridwar is well connected to Delhi and other main cities of India also. Hardwar which is also called the doorway to paradise and also another topmost Hindu Pilgrimage. Kedarnath is approximately 250 km by road from Hardwar. It takes a complete day to reach Rudraprayag, from Rudraprayag Kedarnath is an additional 60 Km by road, in which 14 km can be covered by trekking/horse/doli etc.
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