Kedarnath Temple Uttarakhand
Kedarnath Temple is one of panch kedar a major Hindu pilgrimage located in the Himalayas in Uttarakhand. It is located on the banks of the Mandakini River at a height of 3584 meters above sea level in Uttarakhand in India. Kedarnath Temple is one of the Panch Kedar of Lord Shiva. Kedarnath Temple is located in the snow-covered Himalayan ranges. Every year, thousands of pilgrims flock to the philosophies of Lord Shiva. This journey is a unique combination of devotion and adventure.
You can visit Kedarnath between the first week of April and the middle of November. Due to heavy snowfall, the temple doors are closed for the winter. From November to March, Lord Shiva is worshipped at the temple of Ukhimath.
About Kedarnath Temple
According to Hindu legends, the Kedarnath temple was initially constructed by Pandavas. In the war of Mahabharata, Pandavas take the sin of killing their relatives. Pandavas demanded Lord Shiva free from their sins. But Lord Shiva was angry with him. When Pandava came to Himalaya in search of Lord Shiva, Lord Shiva took the form of a bull. When Bhima was identified Shiva, Shiva started getting underground. Bhima tried to catch them and could only catch hunch. It is believed that after Shiva was underground, the Pandavas originally built the temple of Kedarnath. The present temple was established by Adi Shankaracharya.
Kedarnath Temple disaster 2013
During the year between June 14 and June 16, a massive calamity in Kedarnath had hit the lives of thousands of people. Most people travel to Kedarnath in the month of June. Thousands of people have lost their lives in this tragedy, even today the people who are missing are unable to know anything. This disaster ruined the entire Kedarghati.
In this disaster, hundreds of people were trapped in the Kedar Temple and valley. After a lot of efforts, everyone was evacuated from the army helicopter. The entire valley was rehabilitated again. The entire route to go to Kedarnath Temple was demolished in disaster so that it was redone again. The distance of the new route has increased from 14 kilometers to 18 kilometers.
Some key guidelines to visit Kedarnath Temple
The last stop for Kedarnath temple philosophy is that Gaurikund. Traveling ahead of Gaurikunda, which is more than 18 km, you have to do walking, horse or other methods such as sedan or Kandi. The journey of 18 km from Gaurikund to the middle of Kedarnath is a difficult journey. As you get closer to the temple, you feel the lack of oxygen. Here you must travel slowly. This route is very beautiful. Here you will hear beautiful sounds of beautiful waterfalls and water flowing on the river Mandakini.
Other places near Kedarnath Temple
Gaurikund bus stop is the last to travel by road to Kedarnath. It is the starting point of the trek towards Kedarnath temple of Kedarnath. From here you have to decide the distance of 18 km further by trekking, or by horse or another medium. There is a natural hot water furrow in Gauri Kund. After bathing in this hot water, the Pilgrims start their Kedarnath journey. There is also an ancient Gauri Devi temple over here.
Bhairav Nath Temple
According to legend, when Kedarnath temple is closed during the winter months due to heavy snowfall, Bhairavnath protects Kedarnath’s temple and valley. This temple is dedicated to Lord Bhairav, situated at a distance of 500 meters from Kedarnath temple.
The Vasuki rhythm is located at an altitude of 14200 ft, which is in the beautiful hill of Kedarnath Temple. It is a beautiful emerald beauty with crystal clear water and serene atmosphere.
At a distance of 3 km from Kedarnath, Chorabari Taal is also known as Gandhi Sarovar. Mahatma Gandhi’s ash was immersed in the lake in 1948. After this, the name of this lake became Gandhi Sarovar
Triyugi Narayan Temple
Triyugi Narayan Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Triyuginarayan Temple is 13 km from Gaurikund and 10 km from Sonprayag. The word “Triyugi Narayan” is formed of three words “tri” means three, “Yugi” denotes the period of time – Yuga and “Narayan” is another name of Vishnu.
Best Time To Visit Kedarnath Temple
The best time to visit Kedarnath Temple is from April to June. There is a rainy season in July and August, so it will not be an appropriate time. Second, you can travel from September to October here. After November there is heavy snowfall, due to which the temple is closed for the winter after the first week of November.
How to reach Kedarnath Temple
By road, the distance from Delhi to Kedarnath is about 458 kilometers. You can go from Delhi to Rishikesh or Haridwar bus. Kedarnath is about 223 kilometers away from Rishikesh. It is connected to Gaurikund through buses and taxis. From Gaurikund, it is an 18 Km trek to Kedarnath.
Second closest railway station to Haridwar the availability of train for Haridwar is more than Rishikesh.
The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Dehradun which is about 259 kilometers from Kedarnath. Apart from this, you can also reach Kedarnath by helicopter in the travel season. For this, you can travel by helicopter from Sahastradhara Dehradun, Guptakashi, Phata, etc.