How to reach Kedarnath?
You can reach Kedarnath only after a trek of 16km through a paved road from Gaurikund. You can take horse or ponies to climb up the steep path. Gaurikund is connected by road from Haridwar, Dehradun, Rishikesh and some other regions of Uttarakhand. The nearest airport is Jolly Grant in Dehradun while the nearest station is Rishikesh.
After the flash flood of 2013 which greatly affected the Kedarnath region, it has been restored and work is being done by the Nehru institute of mountaineering (NIM) to revive Kedarnath to its former glory. the new trekking path to kedarnath is now from the right side of the valley which can be reached by crossing a bridge at Rambada, though Rambada is now completely destroyed. The NIM has set up sheds after every kilometre so that pilgrims can rest during the trek.
History of Kedarnath
According to Mahabharata, the Pandavas had built the Kedarnath Temple where they pleased Lord Shiva with their penace. The temple was revived by the great Hindu philosopher, Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century CE, when he visited the place with his four disciples. Sadly, the temple was hit by the catastrophic floods of 2013, which engulfed hundreds innocent lives.
Mythology of Kedarnath
There is a famous Hindu mythology related to the origin of Kedarnath temple, which states that after the Mahabharata war, the Pandavas went on an anonymous journey to beg mercy from Lord Shiva. After failing multiple times, Bhima was able to find Lord Shiva, who had incarnated as a bull to hide from the Pandavas.
Bhima tried to catch it and hit its hind part with his mace. The injured bull then immersed in the earth and its body parts appeared indifferent places. It is believed that the hind part of the bull appeared at Kedarnath, from which a 'Jyotirlinga' or light flickered and Lord Shiva appeared in his divine avatar.
It is said that after taking the blessings of the cosmic light, the Pandavas were exempted of their sins and Lord Shiva toldt hem, “From now onwards, I will be present here as a triangular shaped Jyotir Linga and by paying obeisance at Kedarnath, the devotees would attain piety". From then onwards, a triangular shaped rock is worshiped in the 'Garbhagriha' or the sanctum sanctorum of the temple.
The other four parts of Lord Shiva fell at Tungnath, Rudranath, Madhmaheshwar and Kapleshwar. Kedarnath along with these four are also described as Panch Kedar.
Staying in Kedarnath
After the flashfloods of 2013 in Kedarnath Valley, almost all hotels and guest houses either washed away or are abandoned due to the damages. As of now there are only Govt Guest Houses, Cottages and Tents available near Kedarnath for accommodation.
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Kedarnath is famous for?
Kedarnath is famous among tourist as Kedarnath Temple and Char Dham Yatra.
Kedarnath is recommended destination for Foreigners, Groups, Solo.
Kedarnath is popular destination for following activities/ interests - Char Dham, Panch Kedar, Pilgrimage, Temples, Trekking.