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 One  of  the  twelve  Joytilingas,  Kedarnath   temple  is  situated at a   height of 3583  mtrs surrounded  by   lofty   snow  laden  peaks  and large   glacier in the backdrop    which  is   the  source     of Mandakini river  and its tributaries. It is believed that Pandavas after killing   their  kith  and  kin  in    the    battle   Mahabharata followed  Shiva in order to be blessed and absolved  them from sin.  But  unwilling Shiva  fled  to    Uttrakhand   and   lived incognito  at  Guptakashi .  On   being traced  at   Guptakashi by  the  Pandavas, Shiva   took  shape  of a  Bull   but   Bhima recognized    him  and  bend  down  to catch him.   Shiva  dived    into   the    earth    and    his    back    portion     (the hump) remained  in  the    hands of  Bhima.     Pleased        with      determination of    Pandavas,       Shiva  exonerated  them from the sin. It is also said that  Shiva’s   head      appeared    at     Pashupatinath temple at Kathmandu and other  parts     ( arms, face,naval and hair) appeared  at Tungnath, Rudranath, Madmaheshwar           and Kalpeshwar   respectively.    Last        four  with Kedarnath are called Panch Kedar   (5 Keadrs).

Rudrapryag    on   the confluence      of Alaknanada and Mandakini rivers is the base point to reach Kedarnath. Rudraprayag can be approached from  Rishikesh  as well as from kotdwara  and  Kathgodam.    Badrinath and Kedarnath          routes       bifurcate        at  Rudraprayag. Route  along with  Mandakini river  leads  to  Kedarnath.  The   road passes through   splendid  view  of   mountains  and singing  Mandakini  to  Tilwara and further to Augustmuni.   Road   coming   from Tehri via Chirvata   meets at  Tilwara. Gupta Kashi is a place where Lord Shiva hidden himself from Pandavas. 

Trekkers may take a trip to Kali Math and Madmaheshwara. Chandra Shekher Mahadev (dedicated to Lord Vishvanath of Kashi) and Ardhnarishwar temple of Guptkashi are worth visiting .  Motor  able road is  available  upto Gauri Kund and a 14 Km trek climbing up and soon  along  with  Mandakani  river  passes through green forests and lush valley dotted with small temples. Gauri Kund is base camp and one should leave extra items here to start the exotic on foot yatra to Kedar Nath. 7 Km ahead from Gauri Kund , Rambara is another stop over with facilities  for night halt.  Every forward  step    unfolds   the    mysteries  of nature  in full  of  its   manifestations  and  a refreshing experience.  The route continues   through   lush   green   hills    and panoramic  view   of   lofty   bright     mountains.   Nala, Narainkoti, Phata, Rampur and Sonpryag are other important places and temples en route.

Adi Guru Shankaracharya left for his heavenly abode while in meditation at the age of 33 at Kedarnath and a small temple is dedicated to him near the main temple.

PS: The route has been changed after June 2013 tragedy thus now it is  about  21 KM. The Temple of Shankaracharya has been washed away in the floods.



  Kedarnath - Important Information

Opening  -      Middle May

Closing   - Day after Dipawali in Oct/Nov

Winter Seat -  Ukhimath

Best Season - May-June & Sep-Oct

Height    -       3583 Meters

Distance from Rishikesh- 215 Km

Pre paid Mule counter- Gaurikund

Helicopter Service available.

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