Kedarnath is one of the revered and sacred sites of Lord Shiva. Kedarnath is situated at a height of 3583 meters in the Garhwal region of the Himalayas. Kedarnath is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and beautiful landscapes. Kedarnath temple is situated in a higher elevation region therefore the area is covered with a blanket of snow for 6 months of the year. The temple is closed for six months in a year and reopens on the Akshaya Tritiya.
Kedarnath is one of the favorite abode of Lord Shiva. Kedarnath temple is one of the 12 jyotirlingas, part of a Char Dham Yatra circuit and Do Dham Yatra circuit. Therefore Kedarnath holds a special place in the heart of hindu’s. Legend says that the Kedarnath temple was built by Pandavas who were the heroes of the Hindu epic Mahabharata. Millions of pilgrims go on Kedarnath Yatra every year so that they can experience salvation and enlightenment. The Kedarnath tour package is the best way to do your Kedarnath Yatra.
Kedarnath is situated at a great height of 3583 meters which will give you an unbelievable view of the region. The view will leave an unforgettable imprint on your heart. The Kedarnath temple looks more beautiful with the background of majestic Himalayan mountains with snow-capped peaks. In winter the Kedarnath region is covered with snow which makes it more beautiful. The air of the Kedarnath region is fresh which will give pleasure to your mind. The charismatic Mandakini River originates from Chorabari Lake and flows through Kedarnath Valley giving a captivative view.
Kedarnath is the best destination for adventure seekers. To get the blessings of Lord Shiva everyone needs to complete a trek of 16 km from the Gaurikund. The trek to the Kedarnath temple is a test of endurance, strength, and unwavering faith. The trek goes through the lush green forests and beautiful meadows. After reaching the temple you will feel like heaven. Kedarnath Temple is just an example of heaven on earth.
History of Kedarnath temple
It is believed that the Kedarnath temple was built by Pandavas. When Pandavas won the Kurukshetra war against the Kauravas by killing their own brothers and gurus (teachers) they were unhappy. They have committed heinous sins like fratricide and Bhrahamhatya and dreamt of atonement. Pandavas went to Lord Krishna for a solution. Lord Krishna advised them to go to Lord Shiva because only he can free them from their sins. Pandavas went to Varanasi also known as Kashi thinking that the favorite spot of Lord Shiva. But Lord Shiva was angry with them due to the unfair circumstances of the war. So Lord Shiva transformed himself into a bull and hid in the Garhwal Himalayas. After getting nothing in the Varanasi, Pandavas also went for the Himalayas in search of Lord Shiva. Bheem was standing atop two mountains and saw a bull grazing near Guptkashi. Bheem immediately recognized the bull as the Lord Shiva and tried to catch him. Bheem held the bull’s hind legs and tail but failed to stop him. Lord Shiva in the form of a bull disappeared into the ground and appeared at multiple locations in parts.
The hands appeared at Tungnath, The face appeared at Rudranath, The hump appeared at Kedarnath, The matted hair appeared at Kalpeshwar and The Nabhi-middle part of the body appeared at Madhyamaheshwar.
How to reach Kedarnath
Kedarnath is not directly accessible by any vehicle. The last motorable destination to Kedarnath is Gaurikund and after Gaurikund pilgrims have to complete a 16 km trek.
By Air: To reach Gaurikund pilgrims have to book a flight to Jolly Grant Airport which is situated in Dehradun because Kedarnath does not have their own airport. After arriving at Jolly Grant Airport you need to take a bus or book a cab to Sonprayag. At the Sonprayag you can get a shared taxi which will charge you ₹ 25 per person and drop you at Gaurikund.
By Train: To reach Gaurikund pilgrims by train. You can book a train seat for Rishikesh railway station. Rishikesh is well connected to the major cities of India. After reaching Rishikesh pilgrims can take a bus or can book a cab to the Sonprayag. After reaching Sonprayag pilgrims can take a shared taxi to the Gaurikund which will cost around ₹ 25 per head.
By Road: Gaurikund is well connected to the road network of all the cities of India. You can reach Gaurikund by bus or by your vehicle.
After reaching Gaurikund the real Kedarnath trip starts. The Kedarnath is situated in laps of majestic Himalayas and to get Lord Shiva’s blessings, pilgrims must complete a 16 km long trek. The trek is moderately difficult. There are many alternatives available for those who are not able to do this long and hard trek. Devotees can book palanquins, peethu, and ponies for their Kedarnath trek.