Kedarnath Dham is one of the most popular Shrine of lord Shiva. which is strategically Located in Garhwal Region of Uttarakhand. This revered Temple close to the Mandakini river at the height of 3,584 meters above sea level.
It is the oldest significant Jyotirlinga among the Panch Kedars (group of 5 Shiva temples in Garhwal Himalayas). Uttarakhand, raising the glory of the place to further heights.” Kedar Khand” is the historical name of this place.
To Reach kedarnath Dham you can access it from the major region of Uttarakhand. The first stop of the Kedarnath yatra is Sonprayag. After that you can take a taxi for Gaurikund which however moves one way only from Sonprayag to Gaurikund. It takes only 10 minutes to go to Gaurikund.
After reaching Gaurikund you can start your trek towards the Kedarnath Temple. the total distance between kedarnath and Gaurikund is 16 km.
The hard journey till the great shrine of Shiva is well compensated with the spiritual atmosphere. which is created by the unruffled, tranquil and splendid beauty of the region. Beside, there are many facilities available on the track of kedarnath for those pilgrims who find difficult trekking. such as Ponies and palanquins (doli) and Horse.
After walking approximately ½ km on Gaurikund Marg route, you will get government booking counters for booking these booking facilities. Apart from, if you can save your time one can also avail helicopter services during peak season of yatra. These services are available from Guptkashi to Phata.
History of Kedarnath Dham
Scared of his family murder cases, the Pandavas demanded Lord Shiva to free himself from his sins. Shiva did not want to free him from his iniquity so easily and disguised himself as an ox to roam the Garhwal Himalayas. When Pandavas suddenly saw Shiva.Upon being discovered by the Pandavas, Shiva dived into the ground. Bhima tried to catch him and could only catch the hump. Shiva’s other body parts (in the form of bulls), came to various places. In Kedarnath, there was a havoc of bulls, the navel emerged in mid-Maheshwar, two vegetation appeared in Tungnath, the face in Rudranath and hair grew in Kalpeshwar. These five holy places are together called Panch Kedar.
It is believed that originally the Pandavas built the temple of Kedarnath; The present temple was established by Adi Shankara, who restored and revived the glory of Dharmasthala. Shiva is considered the embodiment of all passions – love, hatred, fear, death and mysticism which are expressed through his various forms. The region has more than 200 temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, the most important of which is Kedarnath.