Kedarnath is a most sacred Hindu Pilgrimage destination situated in the Rudraprayag Dustrict of Uttarakhand. Kedarnath Dham is dedicated to Lord Shiva known as the destroyer. It is one of Chardham and the shrine is one of the 12th jyotirlingams of Lord Shiva. This religious shrine is situated at distance of 18 km from Gaurikund with at an elevation of 3584 mts above the sea level. River Mandakini flow near the town and increase the charm of the place. Every year thousands of the devotees from all around the world take part in the yatra. Majestic snowcapped mountain peaks, River mandakini, thick forest and amazing nature beauty surrounded the Kedarnath town.
The town Kedarnath is popularly known for ?Shri Kedarnath ji Temple?.Every year the temple opens on the last week of April or the first week of May and closes after two days of Diwali on the day of Bhai Duj.During the winters when the roads blocked due to heavy snowfallthen the idol kept on the Ukhimath village for the next six months.According to the legend, it is believed that the temple was built by Pandawas and found by Adi Shankracharya in 8th century. When the pandavas killed all his own brothers,then they feel guilt and want to wash all thesins then Pandawas start worship of lord Shiva towash all the sins but the Lord Shiva refused their request and converted himself into a bulland tried to run from away. Bhima tried to hold the hump of Bull and where the hump of bull appeared that location is called Kedarnath Dham.
Every year thousands of the pilgrims visit kedarnath in the month of May. April to till mid of July and again September to till October is the best time to visit Kedarnath. Beautiful Neelkanth mountain peak adds the charm of the beauty.Gaurikund is the starting point of trekking to reach Kedarnath Shrine.It also one of the most important visiting places where 18 km trekking starts to reach Kedarnath and the place is dedicated to Goddess Parvati wife of Lord Shiva.Gandhi Sarovar, Phata, Sonprayag, Gaurikund Temple, Vasuki Tal, Shankracharya Samadhi, Triyugi Narayan Temple and Bhairav Temple and many more are the other major attractions of the place.The temperature of the place is chilly and cool. Don?t forget to carry heavy woolen clothes during the Yatra. There are GMVN (Govt.) tent house and cottages available near Kedarnath shrine for stay. Normal and vegetarian foods are available here. Jolly Grand Airport and Rishikesh Railway station are the nearest Airport or Railway Station to Kedarnath.
Attractions of Shri Kedarnath Dham like
? Vasuki Tal is offered the majestic views of the Chaukhamba peaks.
? Shankracharya Samadhi is situated near the Kedarnath Temple.
? Agastyamuni temple is dedicated to Saint Agastya and the temple stands as an example of excellent architecture.
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