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Kedarnath (The Celestial Jyotirlingam) is the ancient and magnificent temple is located in the Rudra Himalaya range in Rudraprayag District of the northern state of Uttarakhand.

In Kedarnath lord Shiva is worshiped as one of the twelve jyotirling (linga of light). This conical protrusion about five feet by four feet, or ‘jyothirlingam’ is worshipped as the idol in the Kedarnath temple. Other parts emerged at four other places: arms at Tungnath, face at Rudranath, belly at Madmaheswar and the locks of hair with head at Kalpeshwar. All the five shrines are worshiped as ‘Panch Kedar’.

Kedarnath is the highest among the 12 Jyotirlingas. This thousand years old built temple is built of massive stone slabs over a large rectangular platform. Ascending through the large gray steps leading to the holy sanctums, we find inscriptions in Pali on the steps. The inner walls of the temple sanctum are adorned with figures of various deities and scenes from mythology.

The origin of the revered temple can be found in the great epic, Mahabharata. The statue of Nandi, the divine bull of Shiva, stands at the entrance of the temple as a guard. Inside the temple, there are marvellous sculptures of Kedaragouri, Krishna, Pandavas, Draupadi, Karthikeyan etc.
A conical rock formation inside the temple is worshiped as Lord Shiva in his Sadashiva form. The temple, believed to be very ancient, has been continually renovated over the centuries.

Besides its affiliation with Siva, Kedarnath is also believed to be the site of Shankaracharya’s samadhi (achievement of a beatified afterlife). The Bhairavnath temple, which is situated to the south of the main temple of Kedarnath, is dedicated to Lord Bhairav, the deity who guards the main temple in winter when it is closed.

Char Dham - Kedarnath

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The original temple (now extinct) with 12 Jyothirlingas was built by the Pandavas at the present site and Adi Sankaracharya restored the present Kedarnath temple. The Samadhi of Adi Sankaracharya lies behind this temple.

Geographic Details

District Rudraprayag
Area 4010 sq km
Elevation 1,160 to 7,068 meters
Latitude 30.7435° N
Longitude 79.0672° E

Other Details

Language Hindi, Garhwali and Kumaoni.
Place Famous For Pilgrimages and Tourist Places.
Best Time to Visit Summers and Autumn.
Clothing When visiting in the winter, wool and jackets are advised.

How To Reach

By Road:
Road links between Delhi and other significant cities are excellent for Dehradun and Haridwar. Buses from New Delhi and neighbouring cities, as well as private buses, travel to Haridwar. Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri are all located 109 kilometres, 146 km, 114 km, and 210 km, respectively, away from Dehradun.

By Train:
Dehradun and Haridwar are well connected to Delhi and other significant cities.

By Air:
The closest airport is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, which is 55 kilometres from Haridwar. There are frequent flights from Delhi to Dehradun, and the latter has good connections to other significant Indian cities as well. With Char Dham Helicopter Service, which offers helicopter excursions to the dham beginning in Dehradun, the journey has now been made much easier.

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