Kedarnath Temple is one of the holiest Hindu temples dedicated to Shiva and is located on the Garhwal Himalayan range near the Mandakini river in Kedarnath, Uttarakhand. The history of Kedarnath dham dates back to the ancient ages.
Lord Shiva is worshipped as Kedarnath, the 'Lord of Kedar Khand', the historical name of the region. The entire valley of Kedar is completely drenched in a feeling of historical relevance and deep unmatched spirituality owing to its magnificent, historical & mythological account.
Due to extreme weather conditions, the temple is open only between the end of April (Akshay trutya) to Kartik Purnima (the autumn full moon) every year. During the winters, the vigrahas (deities) from Kedarnath temple are brought to Ukhimath and worshipped there for six months.
The temple is not directly accessible by road and has to be reached by a 14 kilometres uphill trek from Gauri kund. The temple is believed to have been built by Pandavas and revived by Adi Sankaracharya and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, the holiest Hindu shrines of Shiva.
Pandavas were supposed to have pleased Shiva by doing penance in Kedarnath. The temple is one of the four major sites in India's Chota Char Dham pilgrimage of Northern Himalayas. The temple contains statues of the five Pandava brothers, Lord Krishna, Nandi, and Virabhadra.
A medium sized conical rough stone formation is worhispped in the Garbagruha of the temple and considered as Sadashiva form of Lord Shiva. An unusual feature of the temple is the head of a man carved in the triangular stone fascia of the temple.
Such a head is seen carved in another temple nearby constructed on the site where marriage of Shiva and Parvati was held. Adi Shankara was believed to have revived this temple, along with Badrinath and other temples and he is believed to have attained mahasamadhi at Kedaranath.
Behind the temple is the samadhi Mandir of Adi Sankara.

Gauri Kund is an important Hindu pilgrimage site on the way to Kedarnath, which is another nine miles uphill from there. It is situated at an altitude of more than 6000 feet in the Garhwal Himalayas.
Gauri Kund is connected with Parvati, also known as Gauri. In Hindu folklore, she committed herself to penance involving many ascetic & yogic practices to win over Shiva's affections. Local tradition claims that this is the spot where she lived while carrying out these practices.
It was here that Lord Shiva finally admitted his love for her. They were finally married at Triyugi Narayan, not too far away. This pilgrimage site has a natural hot spring and one of the reasons that supposedly prompted Gauri to pick this as a place to indulge in hard penance.
A little away from Kedarnath is a temple dedicated to Bhaironathji who is ceremoniously worshipped at the opening and closing of Kedarnath Temple. The belief is that Bhairavnathji protects this land from evil during the time when the temple is closed.
The lingam at Kedarnath, unlike its usual form, is pyramidal and is regarded as one of the 12 Jyotirlings.
Lord Shiva manifested in the form of Jyotirlingam or the cosmic light. Kedarnath is highest among the 12 Jyotirlingas. This temple is over a thousand years old.
It is built of massive stone slabs over a large rectangular platform. Although the exact date of construction of the temple of Kedarnath is still a mystery, scientists have always been interested in digging out secrets which are held in this pristine temple.
It was discovered that main temple of Kedarnath was buried inside a thick covering of snow for 400 years. Outer walls showed yellowish lines which were a result of a mini ice age where the entire region of Rudraprayag was completely covered in a massive covering of ice.
Even after this ice age period, not a single crack was seen in the temple.
Kedarnath is one of the most sacred sites in Hinduism. It is venerated as Paadal Petra Sthalam by the 6th-7th century Nayanars saints.
People visit this holy place to attain moksha.
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