|Timings: 4 AM to 9 PM|
|Ideal duration: 1 -2 hours|
|Best Time: May to June and September to October|
The most magnificent temple in India is the Kedarnath Temple. The temple has importance in the name of Lord Shiva. People from all over the world visit Kedarnath. It is a paradise surrounded by snow and mountains in the Rudra Prayag district of Uttarakhand. It is also the most important and among the 12 famous Indian Jyotirlinga truly dedicated to Lord Shiva.
This most sacred Hindu pilgrim is only open for six months (April to November). Due to climatic problems such as snowfall, it will be closed from December. The Kedarnath Temple is believed to have been originally built by Pandavas thousands of years ago. People also believe that visiting this place will bring you mokush. Kedarnath Yatra starts at Gauri Kund (known as the starting point for trekking). Going further, you can learn more about the Kedarnath temple.
INSIDE THE TEMPLE
Temple has a unique structure as it was built thousand years ago with stone slabs and stands on a raised rectangular platform. The Kedarnath temple has an area of approximately 3 square. kilometre. As you enter the temple, you can able to see a huge Nandi right in front of the temple entrance. After that, there is the low roofed hall which has images of five Pandavas along with Parvati. You can see the beautiful pictures of deities from Mahabharat all over the walls of Mahabharat. Apart from this, people had a belief that the temple was revived by Adi Shankara
FESTIVALS CELEBRATED IN KEDARNATH TEMPLE
As far as now we get brief details about the Kedarnath temple. While visiting the Kedarnath temple you can also witness the amazing and worth watching festivals which are celebrated in Kedarnath temple. There are three most famous festivals Badri Kedar Utsav, Shravani Annakoot Mela, and Samadhi Pooja.
- Badri-Kedar Utsav
This amazing festival at Kedarnath Uttrakhand has a major tourist attraction. It is celebrated in month of June. Artists from all over the Uttrakhand visit here to showcase their singing or music talent. If you are visiting this place in the month of June. Do enjoy the 8 day badri kedar utsav
- Shravani Annakoot Mela
One of the prominent mela of this jyotirlinga is Shravan Annakoot Mela. It is celebrated in the month of August. The meal is held a day before Raksha Bandhan. The speciality of this mela is its prasad which ( delicious cooked rice) is distributed amongst the devotees. Apart from this other poojas are also performed on Shravani Annakoot Mela.
- Samadhi Pooja
Samadhi pooja is the greatest festival which is celebrated at Kedarnath temple. It is held every year on the samadhi of Adi Shankaracharya. This grand samadhi pooja is held just before when kedarnath temple is going to close for the next six months.
NEARBY PLACES TO VISIT IN KEDARNATH TEMPLE
If you are visiting the Kedarnath temple then you have to start your journey from Gauri Kund. This famous place is situated in Guptakashi. Gaurikund is located on the banks of the Mandakini River. The real experience of peace and divinity you can get over here. It is situated around 2000 meters above sea level. Famous places of Gauri Kund which tourist visits are Gaurikund Temple and Gauri lake.
Sonprayag is also the most famous nearby place to visit in the Kedarnath temple. This place is all surrounded by mesmerizing peaks. It is situated at a level of 1829 meters above sea level. The view from this place is just glorious. Sonprayag is also the place where two rivers meet ( River Mandakini and river Basuki). The tourist must visit this place during the Kedarnath visit because of their religious beliefs. It was believed by tourists that baikunt Dham can be achieved with the touch of water.
Another famous nearby place in Kedarnath is Vasuki Tal. Vasuki Tal is late and is situated at a height of 4135 meters above sea level. Many other things you explore while vising vatsuki lake. Chaturangi and vatsuki glaciers can be explored because there are en route to the lake. You can also get amazing views of neighbouring chakhamba peak from here. Visiting this place is perfect for trekkers because of the range of climbs up.
Syalsaur is also in Kedarnath Uttrakhand, situated on the banks of the Mandakini river. This place steadily becoming a major tourist attraction, especially for couples. The vibe of this place is much attractive. Greenery and calmness is the best thing which you will get in abundance from this place.
Rudra Meditation cave
This cave is the closest to the Kedarnath temple situated just 1 km away. This cave has only accommodation for one person at a time. Managed and maintained by Garwal Mandal Vikas Nigam. This cave has all the basic facilities available. Along with it, you can get a view of Kedarnath and bairavnath temple from here.