Kedarnath is a sacred Hindu village
Kedarnath is a Hindu sacred city and one of the Char Dham located in the Himalayas which also includes Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri.
Kedarnath is a sacred Hindu village located in the Rudraprayag district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand.
It is one of the Char Dham located in the Himalayas. Kedarnath sits at an astonishing 3584 meters above sea level, near the source of the Mandakini River.
Kedarnath Temple is located amidst the majestic snow capped Garhwal Himalayan mountain ranges and is thronged with thousands of tourists every year.
Kedarnath represents the destination of one of the holiest pilgrimages in northern India, Kedarnath is one of the four main sites of the Chota Char Dham Indian pilgrimage which also includes Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri.
It is the most remote of Char Dham's four sites and is flanked by breathtaking snow-capped peaks. Known for the ancient Shiva temple, a trip to Kedarnath is an exhilarating experience. Like the other sites, Kedarnath closes on the first day of the Hindu month of Kartik (October-November) and reopens in Vaishakh (April-May) every year.
The shrine is submerged in snow for about six months when the Lord is moved to Ukhimath.
According to a legend, burdened with the guilt of killing their kinsmen, the Pandavas sought Lord Shiva to absolve themselves of their sins. Shiva did not want to free them from their sins so easily and disguised himself as a bull to roam the Garhwal Himalayas. After being discovered by Pandava, Shiva dived into the ground. Bhim tried to catch it and could only grab the hump. Other parts of Shiva's body (in the form of a bull) have emerged in different places. The bull's hump was found in Kedarnath, the navel emerged in Madhya-Maheshwar, two forelegs appeared in Tunganath, the face in Rudranath, and the hair was collected in Kalpeshwar. Together, these five sacred places are called Panch Kedar. It is believed that the Pandavas originally built the temple of Kedarnath; the present temple was founded by Adi Shankaracharya who restored and revived the glory of the sanctuary.
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