The Lord of the Field
One of the holiest locations in Uttarakhand is the Kedarnath Temple, which is roughly 1200 years old. The Pandavas constructed it to atone for their sin of killing their blood relations. “Adi Shankaracharya” completed the temple’s restoration. According to legend, Lord Shiva manifests as a shivling near Kedarnath.
Kedarnath is not only the most sacred pilgrimage site, but it is also the most soul-pleasing because it is surrounded by snowy peaks and has an alluring scenic appeal. The Kedarnath pilgrimage, well-known for the ancient Shiva temple, combines the excitement of a holy site with the allure of an amusing tourist destination.
According to legend, the Pandavas built the Kedar Temple, which Adi Shankara later rebuilt in the eighth century AD. Geologists assert that during the Little Ice Age, Kedarnath Temple spent 400 years buried beneath the snow.
1. Triyuginarayan – Triyuginarayan is a temple based in a small village named the same, where it is believed that Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati married in the presence of Lord Brahma, who served as the priest. Rudra Kund, Brahma Kund, Vishnu Kund, and Saraswati Kund are the four kunds that make up Triyuginarayan. It is resembles Kedarnath Temple quite a bit.
2. Samadhi Adi Shankaracharya – Behind the Kedar temple, where Adi Shankaracharya obtained moksha, is where he is said to have died. A 12-foot-tall statue that looks spectacular has been erected in honor of Adhi Shankara. All of the followers realized how vital it was to go to the Shankaracharya samadhi because he was the one who restored Kedarnath’s beauty.
3. Bhairavnath temple – A sacred shrine called Bhairavnath is also located in the Kedar Valley, around 500 metres away from Kedarnath (North – West). The shrine is claimed to be protected by Bhairavnath. When guests arrive at the Bhairavnath temple, they are treated to a spectacular vista of the entire Kedar Valley, which feels very beautiful.
4. Gandhi Tal –At Gandhi Sarovar Tal, 3900 metres above sea level, visitors can catch a rare glimpse of Kirti Stambh Peak. After Gandhi’s death, this tal was given his name after his ashes were thrown into the tal. Before that, the tal’s original name was Kanti Sarovar. The Madhu Ganga waterfall that flowed into the Kanti Sarovar is the most stunning feature of the body of water. The area contains a cliff called Bhairava Jhamp, where devotees used to jump in the earlier times to achieve Mukti, but British government outlawed the practice in 19th.
5. Gaurikund – En route to Kedarnath, one comes across Gaurikund which is the starting point of the 15 Kilometres long trek to Kedarnath temple. This area, which is surrounded by lush green trees, is noted for its beautiful views and two well-known sites listed here, Gaurikund Temple and Gauri Lake. Visitors to Gaurikund can take advantage of the natural hot water pond and the surrounding vistas. To make Lord Shiva happy and accept her as his wife, goddess Parvati meditated for centuries at the Gauri Devi Temple, which is open to devotees.
6. Vasuki Tal – Vasuki Tal is a 24-kilometre hike from the closest road-head, Gaurikund, or 8 kilometres ahead of the Kedar Temple. It is one of the top treks for thrill-seekers and is located in the Himalayan region. Vasuki is named after Lord Shiva’s curled-up naga (snake) companion of the same name. Vasuki the nag is reported to reside in the lake. The journey takes place within the boundaries of Gangotri National Park, one of the few locations where Brahma Kamals may be found. The Chaukhamba peaks’ breathtaking splendour can be seen by visitors.
May and June are the perfect months to visit Kedarnath as the weather is calm and relaxing. During this time, usually the temperature ranges between 10 to 20 degrees Celsius. The day is lovely because of the bright sun and the soft wind.
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By Air: The closest airport for commercial flights is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, which is about 250 kilometres from Kedarnath. One can hire a cab to reach Kedarnath. Also, Helicopter services are available to Kedarnath.
By Rail: At Kedarnath, there is no railroad station. The closest rail hub to Kedarnath is Yognagari Rishikesh Railway Station, around 210 km from Gaurikund.
By Road: The route leading to Kedarnath comes to an end at Gaurikund. There are numerous bus and taxi options to Gaurikund from major Uttarakhand locations like Dehradun, Rishikesh, Haridwar, Tehri, etc.