Kedarnath is another name of the Lord Shiva. He who is the perpetuator and the destroyer. Kedarnath shrine is located at the picturesque hill backdrop of majestic kedarnath mountain ranges.
The shrine is one out of twelve jyotilingas of Lord Shiva, found across the various other holy places of India. Kedarnath is one of the most important shrines of Lord Shiva, the Kedarnath is located somewhere in the midst of the Kedarnath mountain range.
Kedarnath Temple is one of the sacred Hindu temples dedicated to the lord Shiva and is located on the Garhwal Himalayan range near the Mandakini river in Kedarnath, Uttarakhand in India. The temple, located at an altitude of 3,583 m and 223 km from Rishikesh, on the shores of Mandakini river, a tributary of Ganges. This temple was built in the 8th century and yet its shine is the same even today. When you would visit the temple, you would be surprised to see that a large Nandi Bull statue would be standing at the door to welcome you.
The Kedarnath Temple is believed to have been constructed in 8th Century AD, when Adi Shankara visited this place and the present structure is on a site adjacent to the site where Pandavas are believed to have built the temple. The temple has on Garbhagriha and a Mandapa and stands on a plateau surrounded by snow clad mountain and glaciers. In front of the temple, directly opposite to inner shrine, is a Nandi statue carved out of rock.
The temple due to extreme weather conditions is open only between Akshaya Tritriya, which is the end of April to Kartik Purnima which is November every year. During the winters, the deities from Kedarnath temple are brought to Ukhimath and worshipped there for six months. Lord Shiva is worshipped as Kedarnath, the ‘Lord of Kedar Khand’, the historical name of the region
There are two ways to reach Kedarnath, One is the helicopter service from Dehradun and other one is 14 kilometers trek on on foot on horses or palanquin service which are available for rent from Gaurikund. Gaurikund is connected by road from Rishikesh, Haridwar, Dehradun and other known hill stations of Garhwal and Kumaon regions in Uttarakhand. From Gaurikund, the briddle path passes through Rambada, a hamlet located at adistance of 7 kilometeters.