Kedarnath

Kedarnath

By | Update Date: February 07, 2021, 13:37 IST

At an altitude of 3553 metres (11654 ft) from the sea level in Rudraprayag district,kedarnathDham at the confluence ofriverMandakini and Saraswati is joined by twelve Jyotirlingas and is also one of the four Dham and Panch Kedar of the Himalayas. It is said that this katuri-style temple made of brown giant stones was built by the birth of the Pandav dynasty.

The self-styled shivling sits in the temple sanctum. The temple is built on a six feet high square. The main part of the temple is the Pradakshina path around the pavilion and the sanctum. The vehicle of Lord Shiva sits in the courtyard outside the Nandi Bull. It is said that after establishing four Dham in all directions in the eighth century, the primitive Shankaracharya took samadhi at Kedarnath Dham at the age of 32 years. The present temple was built by them. According to Mahapandit Rahul Sankriyana, the temple is of the 12th-13th century.

The large grey stairs of the temple have some inscribed in Pali or Brahmi script, which could not be read yet.  The priests of Kedarnath Dham are movable Brahmins of Mysore (Karnataka). At present, 337th Rawal is handling the system of Kedarnath Dham.

Nearest Airport: Jaungrant -239 km

Nearest Railway Station: Rishikesh -229 km

Road facility: Apart from Haridwar - Rishikesh, dehradun and Kotdwar can also reach here.

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