Kedarnath Temple Info, History, Prominence
Kedarnath Temple is the holiest among 12 Jyotirlingas, located in the Rudra Himalaya Range. The sacred shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva who manifested in the form of cosmic light. It is over a thousand years old and has been renovated several times. The temple is built of massive stone slabs over a large rectangular platform. It is enclosed by towering snow-capped mountain peaks. Be enthralled by its scenic beauty. Nature represents in all its glory irrespective of the season.
Perched at an altitude of 3,581 m above the sea level.
Being the ancient temple, it has been fascinating the devotees from various parts of the world. In order to access the highly revered shrine devotees should undergo trekking. During the expedition to the Kedarnath temple, you will be enthralled by the unmatched natural beauty, fresh cool breeze, and the splendid views of the snow-capped mountains.
Fascinating Spots & Points Of Interest At Kedarnath Temple
Some of the famous tourist’s spots in Kedarnath include Ukhimath, Madhyamaheshwar Temple, Tungnath, Sonprayag, Triyuginarayan, and Vasuki Tal. The presiding deity Lord Shiva appears in a conical form(Shiva Lingam). One could have a glimpse of the temple after ascending some large gray steps. While ascending steps one can easily discern the pali inscriptions on it. On the other hand, the inner walls of the sanctum are embellished with figures of various deities and scenes from mythology. During Winters the temple remains closed.
Owing to the entire temple will engulf with snow. So the holy statue of Lord Shiva is carried down from Kedarnath to Ukhimath during November. Ukhimath is located in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand and perched at an elevation of 1,317 m above the sea level. It is regarded as the home of deity Shiva. The statue is again reinstated at Kedarnath, in the first week of May. Subsequently, the doors of the temple are open to pilgrims who flock from all around the world for a holy pilgrimage.
Interesting Legend and History Of Kedarnath Temple
The current temple was built by Adi Shankaracharya. According to the Hindu Mythology, the Pandavas sought the blessings of Lord Shiva to make reparation their sin after the battle of Mahabharata. Lord Shiva avoid them repeatedly and while fleeing (run away from a place or situation of danger) took refuge at Kedarnath in the form of a bull. On being followed, he dived into
the ground leaving behind his hump on the surface. Outside the Kedarnath Temple door, a large statue of the Nandi Bull stands as guard.