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Kedarnath, Uttrakhand



Kedarnath, Uttrakhand


Kedarnath, Uttarakhand 246445

Kedarnath is a place of immense religious importance in Hinduism. Kedarnath Temple is an iconic temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, Kedarnath Temple is considered to be one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, representing sacred manifestations of the deity. The importance of Kedarnath in Hinduism comes from ancient mythology, especially the Mahabharata, where after the Mahabharata war, the Pandavas are believed to have sought the blessings of Lord Shiva. To escape from them, Shiva took the form of a bull and later left his hump and reappeared in Kedarnath. Later a temple was built at this place, marking it as a divine abode. Kedarnath is a religious place and is also considered a place of peaceful spiritual rest. Pilgrims often undertake a challenging journey on foot to reach Kedarnath, as part of their devotion to Lord Shiva. It is believed that visiting Kedarnath and worshiping at the temple provides spiritual purification and is a step towards salvation. Kedarnath is a sacred pilgrimage site that symbolizes the deep connection between devotees and Lord Shiva. All the pilgrims coming here receive the blessings of Lord Shiva. Happiness, prosperity, and prosperity in the life of the devotees remain in the family with the blessings of Lord Shiva.

Mythological History:

In our country, there is a great belief among Hindus about pilgrimage, which has been going on since ancient times. There are many pilgrimage places in the country where people from every corner of the country come to visit. They believe that by visiting these pilgrimage places, all the sins of life are destroyed. Kedarnath temple is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas situated on the Kedar peak of the Giriraj Himalayas. Which is 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 Kharch Kund, and on the third side is 22 thousand 700 feet high Bharat Kund. Here there is also the confluence of five rivers - Mandakini, Madhuganga, Kshirganga, Saraswati, and Swarnaganga. This is the largest temple of Uttarakhand which has been built by joining huge boulders of Katwa stones, these boulders are brown. Its sanctum sanctorum is very ancient which is believed to be from the 80th century.

The most famous history of Kedarnath takes us to the time of Pandavas. It is believed that the Pandavas of Mahabharata had laid the foundation of this temple of Lord Shiva and built it. But because it became very old, it got demolished. Then in the 8th century, Adi Guru Shankaracharya ji rebuilt the temple at the same holy place. Which is currently known as the holy temple of Kedarnath.

Once the Pandavas, after killing their brothers, the Kauravas, in the famous battle of Kurukshetra, went to Lord Shiva to seek forgiveness on the advice of Lord Krishna. Lord Shiva did not want to forgive him Therefore he changed his form and took the form of Nandi, a bull. And hid himself among the cattle hidden in the mountains. But Bhima, one of the Pandavas, recognized Lord Shiva. Then he started trying to disappear in front of them. But Bhima caught hold of his tail and he was forced to forgive the Pandavas.The place from where he disappeared is called Guptkashi. After disappearing from Guptkashi, Lord Shiva appeared in 5 different forms. Like his hips in Kedarnath, face in Rudranath, hands in Tunganath, navel and stomach in Madhyamaheshwar and his hair in Kalpeshwar, etc. These five places are known as "Panch Kedar". The height of Kedarnath temple above sea level is 11,755 feet i.e. 3,583 meters, along with this, if we talk about the distance, then its distance is 913 kilometers. It is at a distance of 223 kilometers from Rishikesh.



Timing of Temple: 

Whereas earlier the devotees were having darshan of Baba from 04:00 AM to 11:00 PM, now under the new arrangement devotees will be able to have darshan of Baba only from 05:00 AM to 09:00 PM. Under this new arrangement, the doors of the temple in Kedarnath are being opened at 04:00 AM and common devotees are being given darshan of the adorable Baba Kedar from 05:00 AM. After offering food to Baba Kedar at 03:00 PM, after cleaning and resting in the temple, the doors of the temple are opened again for the devotees from 05:00 PM. At the same time, evening aarti is taking place from 06.30 PM to 07:00 PM, in which thousands of devotees are participating every day. After this, the doors of the temple are closed at 09:00 PM. The doors of Kedarnath temple are closed every year 2 days after Diwali i.e. on the day of Bhai Dooj. The doors of Kedarnath temple will open 3 days after Akshaya Tritiya.

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