Kedarnath has plenty of places to visit. Kedarnath is a religious destination. The majority of the places of Kedarnath have fascinating mythological stories, especially from the Hindu Epic Mahabharata. This majestic place attracts tourists from all over the world. One of the most important places in Kedarnath is Kedarnath temple. To see the Kedarnath temple many visitors come from abroad also. They come here to fulfill their wish of Kedarnath Yatra with the help of different Kedarnath tour package providers. Now let’s dive into the world of Kedarnath.
1. Kedarnath Temple
Kedarnath Temple is not only a temple it is an emotion for Hindus. Even the Kedarnath Temple is also famous among the Muslim community. Kedarnath temple is situated at a height of 3583 meters in the Garhwal sector of Uttarakhand India. The journey to Kedarnath temple is known as “Kedarnath Yatra” which is made up of two words Kedarnath- the name of the place and Yatra means journey or trip. Kedarnath Yatra is one of the revered and sacred journeys in Hinduism. It is believed that whoever completes the Kedarnath Yatra is awarded salvation and enlightenment. The temple offers breathtaking views and a serene atmosphere which is perfect for self-analysis and meditation.
The mythological story about Kedarnath is well connected to the Hindu epic Mahabharata. It is believed that the Pandavas built the Kedarnath Temple to free themselves from the sins of fratricide (Gotra Hatya) and Bahamhatya. Lord Shiva was angry with them therefore he hid into the Garhwal region of the Himalayas in the form of a bull. Pandavas also started their search for Lord Shiva in the Himalayas and one day when Bheem was standing on the top of the mountain he saw a bull grazing near Guptkashi. He immediately recognized him as Lord Shiva and tried to catch him. But he was unable to hold the Lord Shiva and Shiva disappeared into the ground and appeared in the parts at different locations. The Hump of Lord Shiva appeared in the Kedarnath and Pandavas built temples at all the locations. This was the atonement of the Pandavas.
Gaurikund is also situated in the Kedarnath region of Uttarakhand, India. The name of the place is taken from the consort of Lord Shiva Gauri. Gurikund is situated at a height of 1902 meters. Gaurikund holds a significant place in the heart of Pilgrims because Gaurikund is the starting point of the trek to Kedarnath temple.
The mythological story of Gaurikund is connected to the Lord Shiva and his consort Gauri who is also known as Goddess Parvati. It is believed that Mata Parvati lived here and did extreme penance in order to win the Lord Shiva’s heart. It is the place where Lord Shiva finally accepts his love for Mata Gauri.
Another legend related to Gaurikund is about Lord Ganesha. It is believed that when Mata Gauri created Ganesha with her soap dust and breathed life into him. She ordered him to stay at the door as a guard and not let anyone inside. But Lord Shiva wanted to meet his consort so embarked on Gaurikund but Ganesha stopped him. Lord Shiva cut Ganesha’s head and Mata Parvati was inconsolable. Then Lord Shiva ordered their friends to bring the head of any animal from the forest and they bought the head of an elephant. Lord Shiva connected that head to the body of Ganesha and breathed him. In this way, Lord Ganesha got his elephant’s persona.
3. Vasuki Tal Lake
At a distance of 8 km from Kedarnath, Vasuki Tal is a beautiful and pristine lake situated at a height of 4135 meters in the beautiful hills of Kedarnath. You can find the Brahma Kamal and other Himalayan flowers blooming around this beautiful lake. The atmosphere of Vasuki Tal Lake is serene and divine. Clean water flows through the stacks of rocks showing the amazing view of Vasuki Tal Lake. This lake provides a view of Chaukhamba peaks. The trek to Vasuki Tal is really difficult. The distance of Vasuki Tal trek is about 8 km from Kedarnath. To reach the lake everyone has to cover the Chaturangi Glacier and Vasuki Glacier. These Glaciers go through narrow gorges and crossing these glaciers demands good fitness.
It is believed that the Lord Vishnu bathed in this lake on the occasion of the Raksha Bandhan festival. Therefore this place is named the “Vasuki Tal Lake”.
4. Bhairavnath Temple
Bhairavnath temple is located just 500 meters away from the Kedarnath temple. Bhairavnath temple is located 3400 meters above the sea level. The Temple is dedicated to one of the incarnations of Lord Shiva i.e. Lord Bhairav. Bhairavnath temple will give you a bird’s-eye view of the Kedarnath valley. The temple is open for worship from morning to the evening. The Bhairavnath Temple is enclosed by natural beauty and attractive ambiance. The atmosphere of the Bhairavnath temple is serene and divine.
It is believed that the Lord Bhairav is the guardian deity of Kedarnath Temple. It is believed that Lord Shiva created Lord Bhairav to protect the Kedarnath temple from evil spirits and negative powers. According to the legends when the deity of Kedarnath temple is transferred to Ukhimath due to the harsh weather then Lord Bhairav protects the whole Kedarnath region.