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Kedarnath Temple the third halt of Char Dham Yatra

Kedarnath Temple the third halt of Char Dham Yatra

Kedarnath Temple

Kedarnath Temple is situated at Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand at an elevation of 3400m. This temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas located in India and is one of the Char Dham and Panch Kedar. This temple is located at the confluence of Mandakini and Saraswati rivers in the Kedar Valley. 

Kedarnath Dham is the dharma of Lord Shiva which has been an important element of Hindus for centuries. It is said that the soul is immersed by chanting the name of Shiva at this place.

Kedarnath temple opening date 2018

Every year the gateway of Kedarnath Dham opens on Akshaya Tritiya and after the Diwali, on the day of Bhaiya Dooj, the kapat of the temple are closed. Due to heavy snow and difficult weather, the kapat of the temple is closed for 6 months. Because it is written in our scriptures that the worship of Kedareshwar is done by peoples for 6 months and 6 months by the deities.

Kedarnath History

It is hard to tell the exact age of the temple But for thousands of years, this temple has been an important pilgrimage place.This temple was constructed by the Pandavas. Later it was reconstructed by the Adi Guru Shankaracharya in the 8th century. 

It is also said that this temple was constructed by Raja Bhoj, King of Malwa. According to Dr. Shiv Prasad Dabral, Shaivites have been going to the Kedarnath temple before Sankaracharya. 

Kedarnath Mythology

On the Kedar mountain of the Himalayas, the incarnation of Lord Vishnu i.e Rishi Nar and Narayana used to do penance. Lord Shiva was pleased with his worship and according to his prayer, he gave a boon to live in this place as Jyotirlinga forever.

After killing the Kauravas in the battle of Mahabharata, Pandav’s got the feeling of guilt. Then Lord Krishna asked him to go to Himalaya in the refuge of Lord Shiva. But Lord Shiva did not want to give darshan to Pandav’s and Lord Shiva took the form of a bull.

When Pandavas reached the Himalayas, they saw nothing but a bunch of buffaloes there. They started thinking that nothing is here how can they see Lord Shiva now. Later they understood that Shiva has another name, Pashupatinath and he started touching buffalo.

A buffalo did not let them touch and they understood that this is Shiva. Shiva then start running and start falling to the ground, Bhima grabbed the back of Shiva and thus pleased with the devotion of the Pandavas, Shiva gave them darshan.

Seeing the strong willpower of the Pandavas, Shiva liberated them from all sins. Meanwhile, the head of the bull emerged in Pashupatinath of Kathmandu, Nepal and the hunch of the bull emerged in Kedarnath. Today, in Kedarnath, the hunch of the buffalo is worshiped and in Pashupatinath head of that buffalo is worshiped.

Places to see near Kedarnath Mandir

Amrit Kund– This Kund is located on the back side of the temple. The water of the Kund is considered to be full of nectar properties.

Bhairavnath Temple – This temple is located approximately 500 meters away from the main temple. It is believed that when the kapat of the temple is closed, Bhairavnath protects it.

Vasuki Tal – This lake is located on the hill behind the main temple. In the month of September Bharmkamal flower als0 blossoms on this hill.

Shankaracharya Samadhi – There is a temple behind the main temple which is the Samadhi of Shankaracharya. It is believed that after establishing all Char Dhams at the age of 32 Shankaracharya abandoned his body at this place.

Gaurikund – From here the trekking of Kedarnath temple starts. There is also a pool of hot water located at this place.

Trijuginarayan Mandir – This temple is located at a distance of 14 km from Sonprayag. It is believed that Shiva and Parvati were married in this temple.

Best time to visit Kedarnath

The kapat of Kedarnath Dham open in the month of April. The kapat of the temple open for 6 months, of which 2 months are rainy. April-May and September-October are the best months for Kedarnath yatra. 

April-May is the peak season of the Char Dham Yatra. Book the hotels in advance before leaving for Kedarnath Yatra.

How to reach Kedarnath

How to reach Kedarnath by Air

There is no direct airway service available to Kedarnath temple from any part of the country. However, after reaching Rudraprayag, the traveler can reach the temple by the Kedarnath helicopter service. 

The nearest railway station from Kedarnath is Jolly Grant airport which is 238 km away. After reaching the airport one can hire a taxi from Dehradun to Kedarnath or can travel by bus.

How to Reach Kedarnath by Train

Kedarnath is not connected by railways line just like the air route. The nearest railway station from Kedarnath is Dehradun railway Station which is 220 Kaway. From Dehradun, taxi and Buses are easily available to Rudraprayag.

How to Reach Kedarnath by Road

One and the only way to reach Kedarnath is by road. A direct bus is available from Kashmiri gate, Delhi to Rudraprayag. After reaching Rudraprayag the traveler can reach to Gaurikund by taxi or bus. From Gaurikund the Kedarnath trekking way starts. 

Below are the distance chart to Kedarnath from different cities.

Delhi to Kedarnath

Delhi to Haridwar (198 km) – Haridwar to Rishikesh (20 km) – Rishikesh to Devprayag (74 km) – Devprayag to Srinagar (36 km) – Srinagar to Rudraprayag (33 km) – Rudraprayag to Agastmuni (24 km) – Agastmuni to Guptkashi (26 km via Kund) – Guptkashi to Sonprayag (30 km) – Sonprayag to gaurikund (7 km) – Gaurikund to Kedarmth (21 km trekking).

Haridwar to Kedarnath

Haridwar to Rishikesh (20 km) – Rishikesh to Devprayag (74 km) – Devprayag to Srinagar (36 km) – Srinagar to Rudraprayag (33 km) – Rudraprayag to Agastmuni (24 km) – Agastmuni to Guptkashi (26 km via Kund) – Guptkashi to Sonprayag (30 km) – Sonprayag to gaurikund (7 km) – Gaurikund to Kedarmth (21 km trekking).

Dehradun to Kedarnath

Dehradun to Rishikesh (44 km) – Rishikesh to Devprayag (74 km) – Devprayag to Srinagar (36 km) – Srinagar to Rudraprayag (33 km) – Rudraprayag to Agastmuni (24 km) – Agastmuni to Guptkashi (26 km via Kund) – Guptkashi to Sonprayag (30 km) – Sonprayag to gaurikund (7 km) – Gaurikund to Kedarmth (21 km trekking).

Rishikesh to Kedarnath

Rishikesh to Devprayag (74 km) – Devprayag to Srinagar (36 km) – Srinagar to Rudraprayag (33 km) – Rudraprayag to Agastmuni (24 km) – Agastmuni to Guptkashi (26 km via Kund) – Guptkashi to Sonprayag (30 km) – Sonprayag to gaurikund (7 km) – Gaurikund to Kedarmth (21 km trekking).

Kedarnath Disaster

On June 17, 2013, Kedarnath was completely devastated due to the disaster. This was a catastrophic disaster in the history of Uttarakhand. Thousands of people were killed and hundreds of people had become homeless. The reason for this disaster is the breakdown of the Chaurabadi Glacier.

Before the disaster, Kedarnath trekking length was 14 km. After the disaster, a new path was constructed, which is now 21 km long.

Kedarnath Helicopter service price

Kedarnath helicopter online booking service is provided by different agencies, the booking starts from 1 May 2018.

Same day return service cost-

Phata to Kedarnath to Phata – 6000-7000/- person.

Phata – Kedarnath – 3500-4000/- person

Kedarnath to Phata – 3500-4000/- person

Kedarnath Travel tips

  • Be sure to know the weather before you start the journey.
  • Get information about road routes. There is a possibility of landslides in the mountains during monsoon season.
  • Book the hotels in advance before starting your Yatra. It is very difficult to find hotels during the Yatra season.
  • Take warm clothes with you. Due to its elevation, the climate here remains cold in summer.
  • Do not consume any intoxicant during the Yatra.
  • Tell your driver to drive with caution and slow.
  • Do not allow possibilities like a stampede in the temple premises.
  • Cooperate to clean the temple premises.
  • Consult your doctor before starting the journey.

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