Jai Bhole, Did you know that Kedarnath temple is one of the Jyotirlingas. If not, you are the right place and we would discuss more about this temple today.
Kedarnath Temple is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and is located in the Garhwal Himalayan ranges near the Mandakini River. The temple opens for a few months due to weather conditions. The temple opens from end of April till mid November. To reach Kedarnath one would have to trek for 18 kilometers from Gaurikund in Uttarakhand.
As per the history, the temple was established by the Pandavas and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas and is the highest among all. The temple is around 223 kilometers from Rishikesh and is at an altitude of 3,583 meters. As per the ancient relics, the Pandavas after the Mahabharata war came to Kedarnath to meet Lord Shiva as per the suggestion from Rishi Vyasa. They went to meet Lord Shiva to get forgiveness to have killed their brothers in the war. However, Lord Shiva tried to escape and transformed to a bull and hid among the cattle. One of the Pandavas, spotted Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva tried to sink into the ground with head first into the ground but one of the Pandavas grabbed him from his back and later the Pandavas built a temple at this location.
Kedarnath is one of the four Kedars. The head of the bull at the famous Pashupatinath Temple in Nepal. Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of Lingam at Kedarnath. The priest who is the head at the temple is from Veerashaiva community in Karnataka. Inside the temple their are deities of five Panadavas brothers, Lord Krishna, Draupadi and Nandi.
In order to reach the temple, one can reach Rishikesh by Road or is also connected by Indian Railways. After Rishikesh, one can hire a taxi to reach Gaurikund and thereafter one would have to reach the temple by foot. There are other options available from Gaurikund like Ponies.
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