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About Kedarnath - Uttarakhand Tourism

Kedarnath Temple, the holiest pilgrimage tourist attraction in Uttarakhand, is one of the twelve "Jyotirlingas" of Lord Shiva. Kedarnath is considered as one of the highly revered places of Hindus. This temple is also one of the four major sites in India's Chhota Char Dham pilgrimage of Northern Himalayas that includes Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. Kedarnath is located atop the Garhwal Himalayan range at an altitude of 3584 meters near the River Mandakini. The panoramic location of Kedarnath in the majestic Himalayas provides a breathtaking experience to tourists with its uncomparable scenic beauty of snowy peaks and gushing river. 

The main deity of Kedarnath temple is Lord Shiva who is enshrined in a form of a conical lingam in 'Garbha Griha' along with a statue of ‘Nandi’ or the celestial bull. Adi Guru Shankaracharya enshrined Lord Shiva in the temple more than 100 years ago. Kedarnath Temple is open only between April (end of April) and October (Kartik Purnima) due to extreme weather conditions in the witners. During the winters, the idols of the 'Lord of Kedar Khand' are brought to Ukhimath from Kedarnath temple and reinstated at Kedarnath in the first week of May.

There are plenty of temples in this Himalayan town dedicated to Lord Shiva. Other tourist attractions of Kedarnath are several Kunds (pools) like - Shivkund, Retkund, Hanskund, Udakkund, Rudhirkund; these kunds are famous for their religious significance among travellers. There is a temple of Bhaironathji at a little distance from Kedarnath. It is believed that Bhaironnathji protects this land when temple of Kedarnath is closed due to the heavy snow fall during winters. Bhaironnathji is also worshipped at the occasion of the opening & closing ceremony of Kedarnath Temple.

Travellers can only reach Kedarnath by trekking from Gaurikund, which is connected with Haridwar, Rishikesh by road. There are options available for tourists to take a pony ride to the temple. This place is a delight for the trekkers and lot of trekking club organize visits to this place. 

History of Kedarnath - Uttarakhand Tourism

The ancient temple of Shri Kedarnath is believed to be existing from the times of Mahabharata. It is believed that Kedarnath Dham is the place where the Pandavas had pleased Shiva by doing penance to purge themselves of their sins for killing their own cousins - Kauravas in the battlefield of Kurukshetra. There are many mythological stories popular among the locals related to this incidence. Places related to Mahabharat period are found near Kedarnath, like ‘Pandukeshwar’ - the place where Raja Pandu died, ‘Swargarohini’- a mountain top from where the Pandavas went to Swarga, etc. A dance called “Pandav Nritya” is performed here by the tribes.

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