Kedarnath Temple all Information
Kedarnath is located in the state of Uttarakhand. Kedrnath temple is one of the Hindu Shrines. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple is located on the Garhwal Himalayan Ranges near the Mandakini River.
According to a tradition which was recorded by an English Mountaineer named Eric Shipton, many hundreds years ago. The priest of Badrinath temple used to hold services at the Kedarnath Temple. There was no local priest for this temple.
The temple is located at the height of 3,583 m. It is 223 km away from Rishikesh. The name Kedarnath means “the lord of the Field”. It is not confirmed who built the original Kedarnath Temple. No information related to it can be found.
According to a theology, god Shiva agreed to dwell here on the request of Narayana. After the Kururkshetra war where Pandavas killed everyone and were feeling guilty, they wanted to seek forgiveness from Lord Shiva.
Shiva was angry with them and didn’t want to forgive them. When they came to meet him he hides and turned himself into a bull. One of the pandavas tracked him, and he tried to disappear by sinking himself.
One of the brothers grabbed his tail. Some believe that pandav brothers built the Kedarnath temple. The portions of Shiva’s body later appeared in four direction and these five places collectively came to be known as the five Kedars
How to reach
• The nearest airport to Kedarnath, which is 238 km away, is Jolly Grant Airport. There are many taxi services available from Jolly Grant Airport to Gaurikund.
• You can also travel by train. The nearest railway station is Rishikesh Railway Station, which is 216 km away from Gaurikund. Taxis and buses are easily available from Rishikesh to Gaurikund.
• Gaurikund is well connected by road with major destinations of Uttarakhand, and northern states of India. Buses to Rishikesh and Srinagar are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate. Gaurikund is the point where road to Kedarnath ends and an easy trek of 14 km commence.
Best time to visit
• Best time to visit Kedarnath is summer. May to June, and September to October are the ideal months to visit Kedarnath. Climate remains pleasing in these months
• In monsoon, there is a risk of land sliding and heavy rainfall. In the past few years, many such incidents have taken place. It is advisable not to visit the temple during the monsoon season.
• In winters, roads get block due to heavy rainfall. The temperature also remains very low. So it would be advised to not to travel Kedarnath in winter.
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