Kedarnath Temple

Kedarnath Temple is dedicated to the god Shiva and is located on the Garhwal Himalayan range near the Mandakini river in Kedarnath, Uttarakhand. Kedarnath temple is open only between the end of April (Akshaya Tritriya) to Kartik Purnima (the autumn full moon, usually November) every year.

Kedarnath temple is not directly accessible by road and has to be reached by a 14 kilometres uphill trek from Gaurikund. Pony and manchan service is also available. The temple is believed to have been built by Pandavas and revived by Adi Sankaracharya and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas

Kedarnath Temple Opening & Closing Timings

Kedarnath Temple is closed from 3 PM to 5 PM so plan your visit at temple before 3 PM. At Kedarnath Temple visitors can touch the & Abhishek with Gee before 3 PM after 5 PM no one can touch Idle but have darshan from a distance, after 5 PM The Idle is in Emperor Costume.

The Mythological Past

There are more than 200 shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva in Chamoli district itself, the most important one is Kedarnath. According to legend, the Pandavas after having won over the Kauravas in the Kurukshetra war, felt guilty of having killed their own Kith and Kin and sought the blessings of Lord Shiva for redemption. He eluded them repeatedly and while fleeing took refuge at Kedarnath in the form of a bull.

On being followed he dived into the ground, leaving his hump on the surface. The remaining portions of Lord Shiva appeared at four other places and are worshipped there as his manifestations.

The arms appeared at Tungnath, the face at Rudranath, the belly at Madmaheshwar and his locks (hair) with head at Kalpeshwar. Kedarnath and the four above mentioned shrines are treated as Panch Kedar.

Basic Information about Kedarnath Temple

Area: 3 Sq. Km
Altitude: 3581 M
Rainfall: 1475 MM
Climate: Winter: – Sept. to Nov- cold during the day & chilly at night. (Dec. to march snow bound). Summer: – May – Aug- normal climate during days & comparatively cool at night.

How to Reach Kedarnath Temple

By Air: Nearest Airport, Jollygrant, 239 Kms.

By Rail: Nearest Railway station, Rishikesh, 221 Kms.

By Road: Kedarnath is approachable by foot from Gaurikund, which is connected by road with Rishikesh, Kotdwar, Dehradun, Hardwar and other important hill stations of Garhwal and Kumaon hills.

Local Transport: Horses, Dandies and Ponies are available at Gaurikund for reaching Kedarnath carrying luggage.

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