Kedarnath is a religious and a holy destination situated in the Rudraprayag district in Uttarakhand State. It is one of the most sacred pilgrimage site dedicated to Lord Shiva which is known as the “Destroyer”. The town Kedarnath is popular for its “Kedarnath Shrine”. The site is one of four Chardham situated at an elevation of 3584 meters above the sea level near the bank of Mandakini River. Thousands of the tourists from all around the world visit this destination to get the blessings of Lord Shiva. Krdarnath Shrine is one of the highest shrines of Lord Shiva and also one of the 12th jyotirlings. The temple is surrounding by the majestic snow capped Himalayans Peaks which increase the charm of the place. Kedarnath Shrine is one of the major attractions of Tourists and Devotees. Thousands of the devotees visit this destination during the month of Last week of April or first week of May and Again in the month of September to till October. April to till mid July is the best season for visit Kedarnath. Gaurikund is the starting point of Trekking to reach Kedarnath Shrine which offered the 16 km beautiful trek. Kedarnath is a highest temple dedicated to Lord Shiva surrounding by the majestic mountains and charming nature beauty. Pleasant and cool weather attract the tourists from all around the world. When the kedarnath is not accessible due to heavy snowfall and roads are blocked then the idol of Lord Kedar is transferred to Joshimath. Joshimath is the winter seat of Lord Kedarnath ji and worshiped here for the next six months. According to the legend it is believed that Pandavas established the Kedarnath Shrine but Adi Shankracharya only dicovered the destination in 8th century. The temple has a mythological history, when pandavas killed all his own brothers in the Mahabharata so they feel guilt and want to wash all his sins. Then they stared worship of Lord Shiva but he refused their request. Lord Shiva tried to run from here and converted himself into a bull, where the hump of bull is appeared is called “kedarnath” and the other part of the bull is appeared in the other different locations. Thousands of the tourists from all around the world visit kedarnath which is one of the highest temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Gaurikund temple is dedicated to Goddess Parvati wife of Lord Shiva, Vasuki tal, Shankracharya Samadhi, Sonprayag, Chandrashila, Triyugi Narayan Temple etc are the other major attractions of the place. Jolly Grand Airport is the nearest Airport, Rishikesh Railway Station is the nearest Railway station and from Gaurikund the beautiful 14 km trekking is start. Taxis and Buses are easily available to Gaurikund from the other destination of Uttarakhand. GMVN accommodations are available in Kedarnath and Gaurikund, Sonprayag etc are also provides good options for stay. Limited options are available for eating in Kedarnath. It might be a good idea to carry some packed food and drinks. Don’t forget to carry heavy woollen clothes during visit.
Places to visit Near Shri Kedarnath Temple
• Gaurikund Temple is one of the major visiting places dedicated to Goddess Parvati.
• Vasuki Tal is a high glacial lake, which contains crystal clear water.
• Adi Shankracharya Samadhi is situated near the kedarnath temple. He was a great philosopher.
• Triyugi Naraya Temple is a pilgrimage site. This was the place where lord Shiva and Goddess parvati got married.
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