Places To Visit In Kedarnath

Kedarnath Temple

The famous Kedarnath Temple is located in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand state. It is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of India and the holy four dhams of Uttarakhand. This holy place is situated in the lap of the Himalayas at an elevation of about 3585 meters above sea level. This sacred temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Shiva is worshipped here as a natural Shivling. This holy and ancient temple was built by Adi Guru Shankaracharya at the beginning of the 8th century. This famous temple is more than a thousand years old, this temple is made of stones of the big rectangles. This is a sacred religious temple. Kedarnath Temple is completely surrounded by snowy peaks and beautiful mountains. Every year devotees of Lord Shiva travel to this holy temple. The amazing beauty of the Kedarnath temple attracts many tourists from around the world. It is the most famous of the Panch Kedars of Uttarakhand state. This is the largest Shiva temple in Uttarakhand. This temple is made up of about 6 feet high. Its adytum is ancient, which is considered to be around the 80th century. Within the temple, from the darshan of Shivling, salvation from all sins is attained. The priest of Kedarnath temple is the Jangam Brahmin of Mysore.

There is an interesting story of the appear of Shivling of Kedarnath temple. On the Kedar Mountain of the Himalayas, the incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the ascetic Nar and Narayan sages used to do penance. Lord Shiva appeared pleased with his penance and according to his prayer, in the form of Shivalinga, the boon of always stay was provided. According to legends, Mahabharata's hero Pandav wanted to wash his sins by killing his brothers during a great war, so he went to seek blessings from Lord Shiva, on the instructions of Lord Krishna. Pandavas went to Kashi for the blessings of Lord Shiva, but Lord Shiva did not meet there. They people go to the Himalayas while searching Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva did not want to meet them, so they settled in Kedar and Lord Shiva concealed himself as a bull and meet among the other animals. The Pandavas had doubted that Lord Shiva is present in the flock of these animals. Then Bhima took his huge form and spread the legs on two hills. All the other animals came out, but Lord Shiva was not ready to go under the feet by holding the form of a bull. Then Bhima swept the bull with his full force, but the bull began to meditation in the ground. Bhima grabbed the back part of the bull. Lord Shiva was pleased to see the devotion of the Pandavas, the resolute resolution. He immediately gave darshan and liberated the Pandavas. From that moment onwards, in the form of the 'Shape-Pind' of the back of Lord Shiva bull is worshipped in Kedarnath Dham.

Chorabari Tal

Chorabari Tal is a beautiful natural lake situated about 3 km from Kedarnath. Chorabari Tal is also known as named of Gandhi Sarovar. Chorabari Tal is located on the mouth of the glacier named Chorabari Bamak. This is a small lake of beautiful natural crystal water. It offers spectacular views of the surrounding snowy Himalayan peaks. It is said that in 1948, after the death of Mahatma Gandhi, the ashes of his bones were immersed here, due to which the name of this tal was named Gandhi Sarovar. According to mythology, Lord Shiva gave knowledge of yoga to the Saptrshis here. The trek of this tal begins with Kedarnath. It is easy to trek through grasslands.

Vasuki Tal

Vasuki Tal is a beautiful natural lake situated in Kedarnath of Uttarakhand state. This lake is surrounded by the Himalayan peak at an elevation of 4,150 meters above sea level. From Kedarnath, Vasuki Tal can be reached through trek. It is about 8 km away from Kedarnath. According to mythology, it is believed that Lord Vishnu had a bath in the water of this natural lake, that is why this lake is known as Vasuki Tal. The beautiful Brahma Kamal and other Himalayan flowers bloom around the lake, which makes this place even more beautiful and graceful. The Vasuki Tal offers a majestic view of the Chaukhamba peaks. The beautiful and quiet surroundings around Vasuki Tal are an ideal place for trekking lovers.

Shankaracharya Samadhi

Shree Adi Shankaracharya Samadhi is situated in Kedarnath, which is situated right behind the temple. Adi Guru Shankaracharya was a great scholar and saint, who established the sacred four Dham of India. At the age of 32, Adi Guru Shankaracharya went away in Samadhi. Adi Guru Shankaracharya is known as a famous Hindu philosopher Guru. It is believed that the present form of holy Kedarnath temple was built by Adi Guru Shankaracharya in the 8th century AD.

Bhairavnath Temple

Bhairavnath Temple is located in Kedarnath of Uttarakhand state, this temple is situated on a hill north of the famous Kedarnath temple. Bhairavnath temple is one of the main temples in Kedarnath.

This sacred temple is dedicated to Lord Bhairav. Bhairav is considered to be a gana of Lord Shiva. Bhairav Baba's weapon is trishul and vehicle is a dog.

It is believed that after the closure of the Kedarnath temple due to snowfall in the winter season, Bhairavnath deity protects the Kedarnath temple with this entire valley. Bhairavnath is known as Kshetrapal, which means "protecting the area".

Pilgrims visit this holy temple during the visit of Kedarnath Temple.

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