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Kedarnath Temple: A part of Chota Char Dham

Kedarnath Temple

Bengaluru, Nov 11 (UiTV) - Kedarnath temple is located in the Kedarnath town of Uttarakhand which lies in the Himalayas. The Kedarnath is also the name of the mountain on which the Kedarnath temple is located. The temple is about 3,583 meters above sea level near the Chorabari Glacier. The Mandakini originates from this glacier. The Kedarnath mountain has snow-capped peaks almost all times. The name Kedarnath is derived from the Sanskrit word “Kedara” and “natha” which means "the lord of the fields."

Kedarnath temple is ancient located in the Rudra Himalaya range. Built over thousands of years ago with massive stone slabs on a large rectangular platform. The present temple of Kedarnath was built by Adi Shankaracharya, an Indian philosopher. The inner walls of the temple attract with figures of various deities and scenes from mythology. According to some famous saints the Pandavas sought the blessings of Lord Shiva to atone for their sins after the battle in the great epic Mahabharata, Lord Shiva avoided them repeatedly and fleed in the form of a bull to Kedarnath and upon being continuously followed by them he dived into the ground leaving behind his hump on the surface. At the outside door in the form of Nandi Bull which stands as guard.

Kedarnath is counted among the holiest pilgrimages for Hindu devotees. Kedar is another name of Lord Shiva who is believed to be the protector and destroyer in Hindu mythology. The Shrine of Kedarnath is surrounded by the lofty snow-covered mountains in the winter and by grass in the summer. The site of the temple is magnificent at the time of the snowfall.

More about Kedarnath:

  • Famous for: Pilgrim, trekking
  • Best Season to visit: May to Jun-Sep to Oct
  • Weather: Summer 7°Cto 17°C,
  • Winter Temperature: -14 to 8°C
  • There will be freeze and snowfall in the month of December and January
  • Altitude: 3,553 m
  • Languages: Hindi, Garwali
  • District: Rudraprayag
  • State: Uttarakhand
  • Pincode: 246445

Nearby tourist spots:

Gaurikund - It is a village that has a hot water spring and a temple dedicated to Goddess Gauri which is also a famous tourist spot nearby.

Sonprayag - It is also a religious place located in the route to Kedarnath situated at an elevation of 1,829 meters above the mean sea level. One can view and explore snow-covered mountains and its lush green valleys from this place.

Triuginarayan - It is also a pilgrimage center to Hindus located in Rudraprayag district.

Vasuki Tal - It is a glacial lake at an altitude of 4328.16 meters located 7km away from Kedarnath surrounded by Himalayan peaks.

Chorbari Bamak Glacier - It is a glacier situated in Rudraprayag district. The Chorbari Bamak glacier is 6km long and originates from the southern slope of Kedar-dome, Bhartekhunta, and Kirti Stambh.

How to reach Kedarnath?

By airways - Jolly Grant is the nearest airport which is 234 km from Kedarnath. Taxis are available from the airport to Gaurikund.

By railways - Rishikesh is the nearest railway station to Kedarnath which is 216 km far. Taxis and buses can be boarded to Gaurikund to reach Kedarnath.

By roadways - Gaurikund is the last point where the road ends and people have to trek for 14 km to reach Kedarnath. Gaurikund is well connected through road with many important cities in Uttarakhand.