Kedarnath Temple is sitauted at
height of 3584 Meters ( 11755 ft) Above Sea Level, According to
legend, Lord Shiva wished to elude the Pandavas, who had come to
seek penitence for having killed their kin in the battle of
Kurukshetra. He took refuge in Kedarnath in the form of a bull.
Bhima, one of the Pandava brothers, found Shiva amongst a herd of
cattle. Having identified the meanest and most arrogant of the herd
as Shiva, Bhima is said to have grabbed him by the hindquarters.
What remains at the shrine in Kedarnath is the rear end of the bull,
with the rest of its body scattered throughout the Garhwal. Shiva
dived into the ground leaving behind him a hump on the surface. This
conical protrusion is worshipped as the idol. It is the main site of
the Panch Kedar temples.
Amidst the Awesome mountains capes of the majestic Kedarnath range
stands one of the twelve 'Jyotirlingas' of Kedar or Lord Shiva.
Kedarnath issituated on the head of river Mandakini,
the shrine of Kedarnath is one of the holiest pilgrimages for the
Places to See Near Kedarnath
Chorbari (Gandhi Sarovar)
Chorbari or known as Gandhi Sarovar is situated only 1 km away from Kedarnath. Floating - ice on the crystal
clear waters of the lake fascinates the visitors. One has to go by a
trek to reach Chorbari.
Vasuki tal is situated at a height of 4,150mt ( 13612 ft asl),
Vasuki Tal is surrounded by high
mountains and offers an excellent view of Chaukhamba peaks.
GauriKund is the base for a trek to Kedarnath and serves as a road
village has a temple dedicated to Gauri Devi ( Wife of Lord Shiva) and hot water
According to legend, Trijuginarayan was the place where the wedding of Lord
Shiva and Parvati Devi took place.
Ukhimath is winter home of the Lord Kedarnath temple, Lord Kedarnath
& Rawal of Kedarnath resides here in winter season. Connected by bus services to Rudraprayag
Some more temples of Lord Shiva in Garhwal area are known as Pancha
Kedar , Panchkedar names are as
Madmaheshwar, Tungnath, Rudranath and Kalpnath with Kedarnath .
Madmaheshwar is one of Panch Kedars, the temple of Madmaheshwar is located at an
altitude of 3,289 mt(10788ft) above sea-level, on the slope of a ridge, 25 km
north-east of Guptkashi. One can reach by a motorable road from Guptashi to
The most heighted statue of Har Gauri in India is
found in the kali temple. The trek from Kalimath to Madmaheshwar is
distinguished by wild unmatched scenic beauty and engulfed by Chaukhamba, Kedarnath and Neelkanth peaks. Gaundar at the confluence
of Madmeshwar Ganga and Markanga Ganga, is the last settlement
before one reaches Madmaheshwar, the place where Lord Shiva is
worshipped in the form of belly.
The arms of Lord Shiva came out as per the Kedarnath myth at
Tungnath. Lord Shiva is worshipped here as one of the Panch Kedars. Tungnath
Temple at situated at an altitude of 3,680mt (12071 ft) ASL.
Tungnath is the highest Shiva shrine among
the Panch kedars but the easiest to reach from Chopta, the nearest
road head. Chopta Tungnath trek is very popular in trekking lovers.
The face of Lord Shiva ( According to Kedarnath legend) is worshipped at the Rudranath temple, at an
elevation of 2,286 mt (7500 ft)above sea-level and is 23 km from Gopeshwar. 5
km distance to be trekked. The trek passes through wild orchards
and picturesque locations and involves trekking over high ridges
13120 Ft ASL(some
times 4,000 mt). The temple site of Rudranath provides magnificent views of Hathi
Parvat, Nanda Devi, Nanda Ghungti, Trishuli and many other peaks.
There are a number of holy Kund near Rudranath temple namely -
Suryakund, Chandrakund, Tarakund etc. The entire area is utterly
enchanting and unmatched in picturesque scenic beauty.
One can also reach temple of
Anusuya Devi ,Located on the trek to Rudranath involving an
additional trek of 3 km.
Adventure lovers may like to trek about 35 km to Kalpeshwar,
where the locks (hair) with head, of Lord Shiva are worshipped.
Kalpeshwar is located in Urgam Valley at an altitude of 2,134 mt (
7000 ft) above sea-level,
the temple is a further 10 k m trek from Rudranath to Helong, the
motor head on Rishikesh- Badrinath route.
Deoria Tal is situated at an altitude of 2,440 mt ( 8000ft) Above
Sea Level, the beautiful lake of Deoria Tal is
located on the Chopta - Ukhimath motor road about 3 km away from
Sari. Another trek is from Ukhimath.
At Deoria Tal , Snow Kedarnath are clearly reflected on the
lake waters at early morning. The lake also provides an excellent venue for angling,
as well as bird watching.
Travel Information : Kedarnath
By Air : Jolly grant Airport (Dehradun) is 239 km away from Kedarnath of which
225 km is by road and rest 14 km is on foot.
By Rail : Nearest Railhead is Rishikesh, 221 km away of which 207 km is by
road and the rest 14 km is on foot.
Another Railhead for Kedarnath is Kotdwara, 250 km away, of which 236 km is by road and
rest 14 km is on foot.
By Road : Kedarnath is connected by road till Gauri kund and approachable on foot
further, Gaurikund is
connected by road with Rishikesh, Kotdwara, Dehradun, Haridwar and
other important hill stations of Garhwal and Kumaon Hills.