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Kedareshwar(Lord Shiva Jyotirlingas) Temples in Kedarnath Uttarakhand-Among One of Chota Char Dham Yatra Temple

Here is Some Information about Kedareshwar temple in Kedarnath Dham known as Lord Shiva's Jyotirlingas among 12 Jyotirlingas.Kedarnath Dham is one of Among Char Dham.

Kedarnath Jyotirlinga Temple Uttarakhand

Location : Kedarnath Himalaya Mountain,Uttrakhand
Delicated to : Lord Shiva Jyotirlinga
Area: 3 Sq. Km
Altitude : 3581 M
Rainfall : 1475 MM
Climate : Winter - Sept. to Nov. 
cold during the day & chilly at night.
Dec. to march snow bound. Summer - May - Aug. 
Cool during the day & cold at night. 
Temp. Max. 17.9C & Min. 5.9 C
Best Season visit : May - October, except Monsoon
Entry: Free
Photography: Not Allow
Visiting Timing: 30 Mins
Temple Timing: 5:00 Am to 9:00 Pm
Significance: Among One of 12 Jyotirling
Clothing : Light Woollens in summer & 
Heavy Woollens in winter.
Language : Hindi, English,
Nearest Railway Station: Rishikesh
Nearest Airport: Jollygrant, 239 Kms.

More Information about Kedareshwar Jyotirlinga Temple

Kedarnath Temple is one of the most revered and most visited pilgrimage places in India. This centre of pilgrimage was established by Adi Guru Shankaracharya in 9th century. Situated at an altitude of 3,580 m (11,750 ft) within the picturesque Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary, this renowned Hindu pilgrimage destination in the high Himalaya Mountains is devoted to Lord Shiva. The present structure of Kedarnath temple is believed to be more than 1,000 years old. Kedarnath is one the twelve ‘Jyotirlingas’ of Lord Shiva.

The temple at Kedarnath enshrining the Jyotirlingam of Shiva opens only 6 months a year (April-November) when the sun enters the zodiac sign of Aries and it is closed when the sun enters Scorpio. The priests then go to Ukhimath, where the worship of Kedareshwara is continued during the winter season.

The Kedarnath Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is deemed to have been built by Adi Sankaracharya. The glory of the temple can be attributed to the fact that it is one of the twelve jyotirlingas (Lord Shiva shrines), present in the country. The temple remains open only for a period of six months, due to heavy snowfall in the winter months. Testing the fervor and dedication of the pilgrims, the temple is not directly reachable by road.

Kedarnath Jyotirlinga Temple Uttarakhand

The only way being, a 14 km trek path from Gaurikund. The present temple stands adjacent to the initial temple built by the Pandavas. According to historical data, Pandavas after winning the battle of Mahabharata, felt guilty of killing their own brothers. They came here in search of Lord Shiva, who kept hiding himself. Finally Bhima, the strongest Pandava brother recognized him. Lord Shiva, who was disguised as a bull, escaped leaving behind his hind part. 

This led to the construction of the temple here. The present Kedarnath Temple has been built by huge slabs of gray stones, standing undeterred with all its glory and majesty. The divine peace and tranquility of the place leaves the devotees completely mesmerized. The haunting environment and secluded surroundings compel all the visitors to feel the inner connection with the Almighty. Thus, Kedarnath is considered a must visit place amongst pilgrims, before leaving this world.

Architecture of  Kedareshwar Jyotirlinga Temple

The Kedarnath temple, situated at a height of 11,750 ft, was established by Sage Adi Shankaracharya near the site of a group of ancient temples built by the Pandavas. The unique thing in this temple is the enterance gate, which faces south. It is quite surprising since every Hindu temple must face east according to the ‘divine’ architectural guidelines. The entire temple is made up of extremely large, heavy and evenly cut grey slabs of stones. The entrance of the temple has a conical lingam- the main idol, a statue of Nandi - the celestial bull of Shiva, a 'Garbha Griha' for worship and a Mandap for assemblies of pilgrims and visitors. 
 Kedarnath Jyotirlinga Temple Uttarakhand

The conical lingam is the form of Sadashiv incarnation of Lord Shiva and is about 9 ft long, 3 feet wide and 4 feet high. The temple complex also has idol and images of Goddess Parvati, God Ganesha, Laxmi - Narayana, Lord Krishna, the Pandavas (including Draupadi) and Kunti. The statue of Nandi guards the temple doors outside. This safe haven for gods is made inside an undecorated curved tower with a timber roof and the fa├žade exhibits bands of bent adornments and festooned alcoves.

Sight Seen Kedareshwar Jyotirlinga Temple

Shankaracharya Samadhi : The Samadhi of Adi Guru Shankaracharya is located just behind the Kedarnath temple. It is said that after establishing four sacred Dhams in India, he went into his samadhi at an early age of 32 years.

Chorabari (Gandhi Sarovar) : Only 1 km trek away from Kedarnath. Floating-ice on the crystal clear waters of the lake fascinates the visitors.

Gaurikund : It is the base for a trek to Kedarnath and serves as a roadhead. The village has a temple dedicated to Gauri and hot water springs.

Trijuginarayan : According to legend, this was the place where the wedding of Lord Shiva and Parvati was solemnized. In front of the Shiva Temple is an eternal flame, which is said to be a witness to the marriage. It can be reached by a 12 km drive from Sonprayag.

Ukhimath : Winter home of the deity at Kedarnath temple and the seat of the Rawal of Kedarnath. Connected by bus services to Rudraprayag and other major centres.

Agastyamuni : The temple of sage Agastya is the main attraction here.

Madhmaheshwar : One of Panch Kedar, the temple of Madhmaheshwar is located at an altitude of 3,289 mt above sea-level, on the slope of a ridge, 25 km north-east of Guptkashi. There is a motorable road from Guptkashi to Kalimath. The best statue of Har Gauri in India measuring over a meter high is found in the Kali temple. The trek from Kalimath to Madhmaheshwar is distinguished by wild unparalleled scenic beauty and engulfed by Chaukhamba, Kedarnath and Neelkanth peaks. Gaundar at the confluence of Madmeshwar Ganga and Markanga Ganga, is the last settlement before one reaches Madhmaheshwar, the place where Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of belly.

Tungnath : The arms of Lord Shiva came out as per the Kedarnath myth at Tungnath. He is worshipped here as one of the Panch Kedar. Tungnath Temple at an altitude of 3,680 mt, is the highest Shiva shrine among the Panch Kedar but the easiest to reach from Chopta, the nearest roadhead.

Kedarnath Temple Portals Opening & Closing Dates

The opening and closing dates of the Kedarnath Temple are decided by the priests based on the auspicious dates in the Hindu calendar. The dates are generally announced on Mahashivratri, in February. Generally, the temple opens in the last week of April or the first week of May and closes in the second week of November. The closing date is not announced yet; in general, it is announced on the day of Bhai Dooj.

Nearest Hotels and Restaurants of  Kedareshwar Jyotirlinga Temple

AR Resort 2.0 Star Hotel
Kameda Gauchar Badrinath Road, Badrinath
40.8 km from Kedarnath Temple

Sarovar Portico Badrinath 4.0 Star Hotel
Plot No 834
40.9 km from Kedarnath Temple

Hotel Narayan Palace
Near Bus Terminal, Badrinath
41.0 km from Kedarnath Temple

Monal Resort
Main Badrinath Road, Rudra Prayag
48.5 km from Kedarnath Temple

Shivlinga Tourist Complex
Gangotri Highway, Ujeli, Uttarkashi
48.7 km from Kedarnath Temple

Balbir Palace
National Highway 58, Rudra Prayag
51.2 km from Kedarnath Temple

Garhawal Mandal Vikas Nigam Hotel, Auli
GMVN, Auli, Badrinath
52.5 km from Kedarnath Temple

Cliff Top Club 3.0 Star Hotel
Auli Skiing Village, Distt. Chamoli, Auli
52.7 km from Kedarnath Temple

How to Reach kedareshwar Jyotirlinga Temple

By Road : Kedarnath is approachable on foot from Gaurikund, which is connected by road with Rishikesh, Kotdwar, Dehradun, Hardwar and other important hill stations of Garhwal and Kumaon hills. 

By Local Transport :Horses, Dandies and Ponies are available at Gaurikund for going and carrying luggage to Kedarnath.

By Rail : Nearest Railway station, Rishikesh, 221 Kms.

By Air : Nearest Airport, Jollygrant, 239 Kms.

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Kedarnath Jyotirlinga Temple Uttarakhand

Kedarnath Jyotirlinga Temple Uttarakhand

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