About Kedarnath Dham
Kedarnath Dham,The Kedarnath is ranked amongst the most revered places amongst Hindus, and is one of the twelve "Jyotirlingas" of Lord Shiva. Situated at an altitude of 3584 meters and river Mandakini lying towards the head, Kedarnath is the place where the scholarly Adi Guru Shankaracharya enshrined Lord Shiva. Mythology describes Kedarnath as the prominent holy place where Lord Shiva purged Pandavas of their sins for killing their own cousins Kauravas in Kurukshetra battlefield. Kedarnath temple, over 100 years old, has a conical lingam, which serves as the main idol, a statue of Nandi or the celestial bull, 'Garbha Griha' which is a worship place and 'Mandap' for the pilgrims s to offer prayers.
Besides, other four Kedars where Lord Shiva appears in different forms include, navel at Madmaheshwar, the arms at Tungnath, the face at Rudranath, and the matted hair at Kalpeshwar respectively. Along with Kedarnath, these four revered shrines are popular as Panch Kedars.
Kedarnath is famous for kunds or pools or water tanks. These kunds are known for their religiosity and some of the most popular ones include, Shivkund, Retkund, Hanskund, Udakkund and Rudhirkund respectively. Some distance away from the Kedarnath’s temple lays the temple of Bhairavnathji. It is believed amongst the gentry and the pilgrims that Bhairavnathji stand as the vanguard and protect Kedarnath during the times of winter when it is closed for pilgrims, and is submerged under the snow. At a little distance, you’d find highway to heaven, also known as Mahapath, where the great Pandavas choose to go after being absolved by Lord Shiva.
Only few pilgrims are blessed to visit Kedarnath, and even more blessed are those who have the opportunity to Kedarnath on the moonlit night, when the snow clad peaks glitter in the enchanting silvery cover formed as the result of moon rays falling on the glistening snow. Considered amongst the peaceful and highly revered of the Hindu shrines, the word Kedarnath holds resemblance to Gold, which is amongst the costliest metals. There is a belief that any pilgrim who dies here enters into communion with Lord Shiva. The best time to visit Kedarnath is between May and October, and can be reached through trekking 14 kms. from Gaurikund.
Places to See in Kedarnath
Guptkashi in famous for ancient Vishwanath temple, Ardhnareshwar temple and Manikarnik Kund, where the two streams of Ganga and Yamuna are believed to meet. This place has same importance as Kashi.
Gaurikund is the base camp for Kedarnath Dham trekking. You leave your vehicle on this place. This place is famous for hot water spring and a temple dedicated to Maa Gauri.
Vasuki Tal :
This place is situated at height of 4,140mt above sea level. This lake is encircled by high mountains. One can view the splendid view of Chukhamba peaks from there.
Chorbari (Gandhi Sarovar):
This is a small lake, 1 kms. Treak away from Kedarnath temple. It so called that Yudhishthir, the eldest of the Pandavas is said to have departed to heaven.
This place is called winter home of the deity at Kedarnath temple and the seat of the Rawal’s of Kedarnath.
There is also a temple of Shri Kedar Nath ji. It is situated 20 kms far at the confluence of the Son Ganga and Mandakini rivers, where there is a diversion for Triyuginarayan.
This place is 12 km far from Sonprayag. According to mythologies, this was the place where the wedding of Lord Shiva and Parvati was solemnized. In front of the Shiva Temple is an eternal flame, which is said to be a witness to the marriage.
This place is famous for sage Agastya Ashram.
Kedanath General Information:
Best Time to Visit:
Kedarnath Dham opening and closing dates are decides by the Raj Purohit. Opening date decides on Basant Panchami and Closing date is being fixe on Vijaydashmi. April to June and September to October are the best season to visit this temple on atmosphere behalf. lf.
Summer: Max:- 8.C. Min-.0 deg.C.
Winter Max- Around Zero
Languages/Dialects : Hindi, English & Garhwali.
How to Reach:
Air: Nearest airport is Jolly Grant at Dehradun 317 kms far.
Rail: The nearest railhead, Rishikesh, is 252 kms.
Road: Gaurikund is the base camp to reach by road. 14 kms trek start from there.
Distance from the Nearest Major Cities:
Distance from Gaurikund : 14 Kms Trek.
Distance from Guptkashi: 49 kms.
Distance from Rudraprayag : 89 kms.
Distance from Rishikesh : 252 kms.
Distance from Haridwar : 276 kms.
Distance from Dehradun : 302 kms.
Distance from Delhi : 542 kms.