Kedarnath Temple – Lord Shiva’s seat, is among the most popular of all pilgrimage seats, which are included in the Chardham yatra. Every year, millions of devotees flock here to seek the solace of mind and experience spiritual enrichment.
Kedarnath Located in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand, the temple is situated near the source of Mandakini River, which exceeds its beauty and spirituality.
The best time to visit Kedarnath Ji is during from last week of April, May to June, September to October and November.
Delhi – Haridwar – Rishikesh-Devprayag – Srinagar – Rudraprayag – Tilwara – Agastamuni – Kund – Guptkashi – Phata – Rampur – Sonprayag – Gaurikund – Trek/Ride to Kedarnath
There are multiple routes to reach Kedarnath either by bus or by air, or by train.
By air: Reach the Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun. Hire a taxi to reach Gaurikund then start your trek to reach Kedarnath.
By Road: The destination of Gaurikund is easily accessible by the roads of Rishikesh, Dehradun, Uttarkashi and Tehri, Pauri and Chamoli. Buses and taxis are conveniently available to reach these destinations.
The trek routes to the Kedarnath Temple begin from Gaurikund to Kedarnath via, Rambara. The walking distance is of 14km to reach the temple. The route is quite safe and is equipped with shelters, public conveniences, fences and shops. For those who cannot trek on legs, can avail pony, palkies, doli to reach the Kedarnath Dham.
The Kedarnath Temple is constructed in the ashlar style where the stone slabs are arrange in an interlocking style. The most interesting part about the construction is there no mortar or cement have been used. The infrastructure of the Kedarnath Temple, after the massive flood destruction, has been completely revamp.
The foretold history regarding the Kedarnath Temple is a lot interesting. It is believe that after the Pandavas fought the war, they sought spiritual refuge to Lord Shiva to attain moksha from their sins. Lord Shiva, denying the fact, attained the incarnation of bull. However, when He came across the Pandavas, he jumped off the cliff. During that time, Bhima got the grip of his one hump and the rest of the four body parts, scattered in the four pilgrimage seats of Lord Shiva. They are together known as Panch Kedar.
The shrine of Lord Shiva inside the temple is made of grey color stone. Inside the Garbha Griha, the pyramid-shaped rock idol of Lord Shiva is kept. You may also spot a grand and large statue of Nandi Bull guarding the temple. In the mandapa section of the shrine of Kedarnath Temple, the idols of Kunti, Lord Krishna, Draupadi, and Pandavas is posed.
The kapat of Kedarnath Temple generally open at Last Week of April or First week of May, This Season was open on 9th May at 5:35 am. The journey, the food Panchmukhi Doli began from Ukhimat to Phata on 6th of May, 7th of May and reach to Gaurikund and the Kedarnath on 8th May. The Kedarnath Temple gates will be closed on 9th of November during the winter session.
The morning and evening pujas are performed throughout the day.
Morning puja time: 4 am to 7 am.
It includes Mahabhishek (Rs. 1700 per head), Rudrabhishek (Rs. 1300 per head), Laghurudrabhishek (Rs. 1100 per head), Shodasopachar Pooja (Ra. 1000 per head). You can also avail Balbhog, general morning pooja, other rituals can be attend at nominal rates.
Evening pooja time: 6 pm to 7:30 pm.
The Shiva Sahasranamam Paath is perform where all the 1008 names of Shiva is recite (Rs. 360 per head). To attend Shiva Mahimastotra Paath, the charge is same. Shiva Thandavastotra Paath which have 16 syllables per stores is recite to describe about Lord Shiva’s power and beauty (Rs. 340 per head).
There are several festivals celebrated in Kedarnath. They are:
Kedarnath tour package comprises of 3 Nights and 4 Days. During the time, the following destinations, Haridwar – Guptkashi – Sonprayag – Kedarnath – Sonprayag – Rudraprayag / Srinagar – Rishikesh – Haridwar is covered.
During your visit to the Kedarnath Temple, you can also visit Gaurikund, Chorabari Tal, Bhairav Temple, Vasuki Tal.
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