Shri Kedarnath Dham
Nestling in the lofty peaks of Himalayas are the four most holy pilgrimages of India - Sri Badrinathji, Sri Kedarnathji, , Yamunotri and Gangotri, collectively referred to as the Char Dham ( or four pilgrimage centres) of Hinduism. For centuries, saints and pilgrims, in their search for the divine, have walked these mystical vales known in ancient Hindu scriptures as 'Kedarkhand'.
In the scriptures of Hindu religion the Chardhams are believed to be the most sacred of all pilgrimages. Undertaking a journey (yatra) to these places will not just wash away one's sins but ensures release from the cycle of birth and death. The Chardham must be visited from left to right -beginning with Yamunotri, going on to Gangotri, Shri Kedarnathji and culminating the journey at Shri Badrinathji. This route follows the Hindu tradition of parikrama or clockwise circumambulation.
Lying at an altitude of 3584 mts. on the head of river Mandakini and amidst the scenic beauties of the majestic Kedarnath range stands one of the twelve 'Jyotirlingas' of Kedar or Lord Shiva named “Shri Kedarnath”. The shrine of Kedarnath is amongst the holiest pilgrimages for the Hindus.
The origin of the revered temple can be found in the great epic - Mahabharata. According to a legend, the Pandavas sought the blessings of Lord Shiva to atone their sins after the battle of Mahabharata. The saying goes that Lord Shiva while eluding Pandavas took refuge at Kedarnath in the form of a bull. On being followed, Lord dived into the ground, leaving behind THY hump on the surface. This conical protrusion is worshipped as the idol in the Kedarnath shrine. The remaining portions of Lord Shiva are worshipped at four other places - the arms (bahu) at Tungnath, mouth (mukh) at Rudranath, navel (nabhi) at Madmaheshwar and hair(jata) at Kalpeshwar. Together with Kedarnath, these places are known as the Panch Kedar.
Tourist Attractions at Shri Kedarnath Dham:
Shankaracharya Samadhi,Gandhi Sarovar, Panch Kedar
Tourist Attractions around Shri Kedarnath Dham:
Gaurikund, Vasuki Tal, Sonprayag, Triyuginarayan, Guptkashi, Chopta
Kedarnath Dham’s Weather and Time of visit:
Climate Summer: Cool during the day & cold at night
Climate Winter: Snowbound touching sub zero.
Clothes to be wear:
Clothing required during April to July - Light woolen.
Clothing required during September to November - Heavy woolens
How to Reach Kedarnath Dham:
- Nearest Airport –Jollygrant –239 kms away from Shri Kedarnath Dham
–Rishikesh (221 kms away from Kedarnath Dham) which is connected to major cities like Howrah, Mumbai, Delhi & Lucknow by rail.
–Kedarnath is approachable on foot from Gaurikund, which is connected by road with Rishikesh, Kotdwar, Dehradun, Hardwar and other important hill stations of Garhwal and Kumaon hills.
Local Modes of Transport: Horses, Dandies and Ponies are available at Gaurikund for going and carrying luggage to Kedarnath.
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