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Kedarnath, Uttarakhand

Kedarnath Uttarakhand
Kedarnath is named after honour of King Kedar, who ruled in the Satya Yuga. He had a daughter named Vrinda who was a partial incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi.It is one of the Char Dhams in Himalaya at the tall of 3587m from sea level. Kedarnath is one of the major pilgrimage for all hindu devotiess from various parts of he world.The extreem weather condition on Kedarnath prompts the Kaedarnath Temple to remain open from the end of April to the begining of the November.It is believed that the Kadarnath temple is built by Adi Shankaracharya and existed during the time of Mahabaratha. Visitors can reach Kedarnath only after the trek of 14km through the paved road from Gaurikund.

Major Attractions to Visit In Kedarnath

Panch Kedar
Panch Kedar refers to five Hindu temples or holy places of the Shaivite sect dedicated to god Shiva which are situated in Kedarnath. Kedarnath, Tungnath, Rudranath, Madhyamaheshwar and Kalpeshwar are collectively known as Panch Kedar. Lord Shiva is worshipped at the five kedars in different forms.

Kedarnath Temple
Kedarnath Temple, more than 1000 years old is the emblem of one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. This ancient and magnificent temple is located in the Rudra Himalaya range. Over a thousand years old, the temple is built of massive stone slabs over a large rectangular platform. All along the wall there are niches in which there are idols of the Pancha Pandavas, Parvati, Lakshmi & Narada. At Kedar the Shiva linga is shaped like a bull's hump. Following Bhima's example devotees offer worship
by trying to grab the deity with both hands.

Chota Char Dham
It an important Hindu pilgrimage circuit of four pilgrimage in the Indian Himalayas. The name Chota was added during the mid of 20th century to differentiate the original Char Dhams.: Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri - all of these lie at the foot hills of Himalayas.
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