Kedarnath is one of the holiest pilgrimage sites for Hindus to visit Chardham. Kedarnath temple established, in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand state of India is one of the four Dham and Panch Kedar, joining 12 Jyotirlingas in the lap of the Himalayan Mountains in Uttarakhand. In Hindu religions, the way of the Char Dham is described, as auspicious. In the same way, the journey of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shankar is also fruitful. Kedarnath remained the most affected area due to flash floods and landslides in the states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh in India during June 2013. The walls of the temple fell and flowed in the flood. The central part of this historic temple and the centuries-old dome were protected, but the entrance to the temple and the area around, it was destroyed. Kedarnath Temple is a grand and great temple built at an elevation of 3593 feet. How this temple was built at such a height, cannot be imagined even today! Temple worship is considered to be one of the Shree Kedarnath Dwadash Jyotirlingas. Today we will tell you specific things about this ancient temple, after knowing that your reverence for this temple will increase further.
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Here it is believed that it is incomplete to see Badrinath without visiting Kedarnath temple. Visiting it destroys all the sins of the person and gives salvation. It is the largest Shiva temple in Uttarakhand, built by connecting huge rock-cut stones. These rocks are brown. Scholars have given different opinions about when this, the temple was built. According to prominent litterateur Rahul Sankrityayan, it must have been composed in the 12th – 13th century.
According to another opinion, this temple was built by Adi Guru Shankaracharya in the 8th century. According to King Bhoj Stuti of Gwalior, this temple was built, during 1076 –1099 AD. This temple remained fully covered in snow for 400 years, after which it came to light. The temple is built on a platform about 6 feet high. Its sanctum is ancient, which is believed to date back to around 80th century.
Kedarnath Dham and temple, are surrounded by mountains on three sides. On one side is about 22 thousand feet, high Kedarnath, on the other side is 21 thousand 600 feet, high Bhartkund and on the third side is 22 thousand 700 feet, high Bharatkund. The Kedarnath temple is not only a confluence of three mountains but also five rivers – Mandakini, Madhuganga, Kshirganga, Saraswati and Swarnagouri. It is, situated between the Mandakini and Saraswati rivers. Inside the temple are beautiful sculptures of deities made in ancient times.
Some of these rivers no longer exist, but Mandakini, a tributary of Alaknanda, is still present today. Along with the history of Kedarnath Dham, you must also read the beliefs of Kedarnath Dham. According to the history of Kedarnath Dham, the Shivalinga located in the Kedarnath temple is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. With the mere sight of Jayotirling, one gets freedom from all sins. Kedareshwar Dham is situated, on the banks of the Kedarnath temple. It is, said about the history of Kedarnath temple made of Katyuri style made of stones, it was built, by Janamejaya of Pandava dynasty.
On the Kedar Mountains of the Himalayas, the great ascetic male and Narayana sage, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, performed penance. Happy with his worship, Lord Shankar appeared and according to his request, granted the blessing of living forever as a Jyotirlinga. The site is located, on the Kedarnath mountain area called Kedar in the Himalayas.
According to the second story, the Pandavas built this temple. Pandavas were very desperate and full of self-aggression due to killing their brothers in the war. He wanted to meet Lord Shiva so that he could get the path of liberation. But due to the battle of Mahabharata, Lord Shiva was angry with the Pandavas and did not want to meet them. The Pandavas went to Kashi in search of Lord Shiva where they did not get darshan. While searching for Shiva, the Pandavas came to Mount Kedarnath. Lord Shiva took the form of a Taurus bull. Bhima, the most powerful of the Pandavas, came up with another way to find Lord Shiva. He enlarged his size and stepped on two mountains in a great form. God was in bull form with other animals. When this happened, all the animals got out from under Bhima’s feet, but Lord Shiva did not come out. Bhima understood that this bull is none other than Lord Shiva.
There is a pool behind the temple called Amritkund. By drinking water, people become disease-free. There is a statue of Shiva God, on the left side of the main temple and there is a temple of Bhairav Ji, half a kilometer away from the main temple. It is, said that when the doors of the temple, are closed, Bhairav Ji protects the temple. There is a small temple just behind the temple. There is a mausoleum of Shankaracharya. It is, said that he gave up his body at the age of 32 after establishing four Dham. There is also a Gauri Kund in this area.
Where is the temple of Shiva-Parvati Ji. Due to the change of weather, this temple is open from Akshaya Tritiya (end of April) to Kartik Purnima (November). Along with seeing Kedarnath Jyotirlinga, it is also necessary to have a vision of Nar and Narayan. Upamanyu worshiped Lord Shiva here in the Sat era. The first hall inside the temple has statues of five Pandavas, Krishna God, Nandi, the vehicle of Shiva God, Veerabhadra Shiva’s patron, Draupadi, and many deities. Traveling to this place of pilgrimage is a bit difficult as it is, surrounded by mountains and the weather also gets adverse at times. This pilgrimage site itself is a pleasant place. Only by visiting Kedarnath Jyotirlinga, the problems of devotees, are overcome.
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Scientists of the Wadia Institute also carried out lichenometry dating of the Kedarnath area. By this technique, their time is estimated, by mixing algae and their fungi. According, to this technique, the construction of glacier in the area, of Kedarnath started in the middle of the 14th century and the formation of a glacier in this valley continued till 1748 AD i.e. about 400 years. Joshi said that the most important thing is that the Kedarnath valley was formed millions of years ago by the retreat of the Chorabari glacier. When the glaciers retreat, they grind all the rocks below them like road rollers and leave huge rock pieces together. Joshi says that in such a place there was an art of temple builders. He built such a site and such a safe temple that till date he has not suffered anything. But the people of that era also allowed the population to settle in such a sensitive place, so there was bound to be a loss there.
The month from April to September is the best time to visit Kedarnath. However, before planning a trip here, do not forget to get information about the weather.
Kedarnath is established, on the banks of the Mandakini River. Though there are many ways to reach here, you have to lead the trekking 14 kilometers from the end. In winter, the weather here is frosty. No roads are visible, so the temple of Kedarnath remains closed for six months of the year. The rest of the idols of Gods are worshiped, in Ukhimath on these days.
The nearest airport to reach Kedarnath is Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun. The Kedarnath temple is 239 km from here.
Kedarnath Temple can be reached by road from Dehradun, Rishikesh, and Haridwar. Private means such, as jeeps, taxis, cars and other vehicles, can also be booked. Kedarnath is located 223 kilometers from Rishikesh. Kedarnath has located 458 km from Delhi.
Kedarnath Dham can be reached by traveling, 4 hours from Haridwar or Rishikesh by rail. This path is hilly and winding.
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