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Kedarnath Dham 2019

Kedarnath is a holy Hindu town located in Uttarakhand in India. It is one of the Char Dhams located in the Himalayas at a height of 3584 mts above sea level near the head of Mandakini River. The Kedarnath temple lies amidst the majestic snow-capped Himalayan ranges and is thronged by thousands of tourists each year.

The extreme weather condition of Kedarnath prompts the temple to remain open from the end of April to the beginning of November. It is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Kedar or Lord Shiva. In Kedarnath alone there are about more than 200 shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Opening and Closing Dates of Kedarnath 2019

Kedarnath Kapat Opening Date for 2019:  Opening dates of Kedarnath Dham for 2019 Yatra will be updated soon.To book travel packages of Char Dham, please visit Sacred Yatra. The Kedarnath temple were open to public on 19th of April in 2018 .

Kedarnath Temple Closing date for 2019:  Closing date for Kedarnath temple for 2019 session will be updated soon. Kedarnath temple gates has been closed on 9th of Nov for 2018 to 2019 winter session. Till then, you can visit the winter shrine of Lord Kedarnath at Ukhimath.

Kedarnath Tour Packages

Kedarnath Dham Yatra - Ex. Haridwar
4 Days / 3 Nights
Rs. 7,000.00
Kedarnath Dham Yatra - Ex. Delhi
6 Days/ 5 Nights
Rs. 10,300.00
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As of now there are only Govt Guest Houses, Cottages and Tents available near Kedarnath for accommodation which are sufficient to accommodate more than a thousand pilgrims and tourists. 

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.

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.

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.

Kedarnath Photo Gallery

Prasad distribution after MahaShiv Ratri Pooja in Kedarnath
Big Rock which saved Kedarnath Temple is also being worshipped
NIM Team celebrating Republic Day in Kedarnath
Kedarnath temple after snowfall
Snow capped peaks in Kedarnath.
Closed doors of Kedarnath temple after June 2013 disaster.
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