KEDARNATH –The The Celestial light of paradise: Although all the Chardhams of “ Dev Bhumi” ”, which stands as four abodes of most sacred Hinduism Gods & Goddesses are really an incredible journey toward the purity and freedom of soul and majestic means to revitalize mind yet the holiest KEDARNATH DHAM is the place to which almighty God himself have chosen to take rest.
KEDARNATH DHAM is amongst the twelve of Jyotirlinga (Jyotirlinga– Image that signifies supremacy of lord Shiva). And also abode of mighty Lord Shiva. Apart from being esteemed in this whole world for its serenity Kedarnath is undoubtedly the hub for those who wants to live up the adventure. As the place is situated on the altitude of 3584 metres above the sea level surrounded by the majestic and snow-white wall of the great Himalayas it gives you the glimpses of heaven and due to is closeness to Mandakini River, and wonderful yet adventurous picturesque lofty snowy peaks all around the Kedarnath Temple it has ability to bring peace to distressed human soul.
Kedarnath Temple is most blessed pilgrimage temple for Hindus, which has been considered from the very ancient time as shrine of salvation without which your journey of life will never be completed. Enclosed by lofty snow covered peaks The present temple, built in the 8th century by Adi guru Shankaracharya, stands closest to the site of an earlier temple built by the Pandavas. The inside walls of the temple are ornamented with figures of a variety of gods and goddesses and landscape from mythology. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the gracefully designed Kedarnath temple is said to be more than a 1000 years old. Built of extremely large, weighty and equally cut gray slabs of stones, it’s really hard to believe how these heavy slabs were handled in the olden days. A conical rock formation inside the temple is worshipped as Lord Shiva in his Sadashiva form.
Moreover, the place is of immense significance as it also an abode to the Samadhi of greatest Hindu spiritual leader (Adi shankarcharya). Other blissful delights at Kedarnath are Triyuginarayana, Gandhi Sarovar, Panch Kedar, Gaurikund, Gupt Kashi, Sonprayag, Chopta and Vasuki Tal.
Suitable time to visit kedarnath is during the months amid May to October; hence season amid these months means the actual worth of Kedarnath yatra.
Thus the holyest one of the four Char Dham’s spot Kedarnath is not only a divine blessing but also it’s a great place of joy to adventurer specially having fascination for trekkers. As you can start the religious journey to the spot by trekking through a swashbuckling route of 13 K.M.
Kedarnath is situated in the Uttar Kashi district of the northern state of Uttaranchal. It is closer to the Indo-Chinese border, source of the Mandakini River. It is hidden in the picturesque locales of the Garhwal Himalayas at 3583 meters above sea level. Temprature in summers, hardly crosses the 20°C mark. The best time to visit is between May and October. Kedarnath is near to Rishikesh (234 km) and Dehradun (250 km).
Chorabari (Gandhi Sarovar) (2 kms.)
It is a small beautiful lake from where the eldest of the Pandavas, Yudhisthir took the depart to heaven. The floating ice on the gleaming lake is a captivating view.
Vasuki Tal (6 kms.)
A picturesque lake, 4,135 mts. above sea level is encircled by lofty mountains and offers a miraculous view of the Chaukhamba peaks.
Gaurikund (14 kms.)
A temple dedicated to Gauri the Wife of Lord Shiva and mother of whole world and thermal springs of healing power are remarkable.
Sonprayag (20 kms.)
The confluence of Son Ganga and Mandakini rivers. The road to Triyuginarayan diverts from here.
Triyuginarayan (25 kms.)
A 5 kms. trek from Sonprayag, it is the mythological venue of the marriage of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.An eternal flame, which is said to have been a witness to the marriage, burns in front of the temple even today.
Guptkashi (49 kms.)
The temples is of immense religious magnificence as here Lord Shiva is presented in the form Ardhnarishwar ( Half man and half women ).
Deoria Tal (68 kms.)
Sari village is the last bus terminus on Chopta-Ukhimath road from where a 2 kms. trek leads to Deoria Tal. This beautiful lake at an altitude of 2,438 mts. gives the fabulous expression of snow covered mountains in the lake water. Also a perfect place of spot for bird watching.
Jolly Grant, Dehradun (251 kms.)
Rishikesh (234 kms.), Kordwar (260 kms.)
Approachable on foot from Gaurikund, which is connected by road to Rishikesh, Kotwar, Dehradun, Haridwar and other important hill stations of Garhwal and Kumaon region.
An Important Note
During the winters, the shrine is submerged in snow and hence is closed. The ideal time to visit is between May to October. Kedarnath is reached through a 14 km. Long trek from Gaurikund.