Kedarnath Temple

Kedarnath Temple

Kedarnath Jyotirling Mandir in Uttarakhand is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the Chhota Char Dhams in Uttarakhand, along with Yamunotri, Gangotri and Badrinath. It is also one of the Panch Kedar.

Presiding Deities

  • Kedarnath Jyotirlinga

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About Kedarnath Temple

Darshan Timings

6:00 am to 3:00 PM || 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Dress Code

Formal

Photography and Videography

Not Allowed

Prasad

Allowed

Kedarnath Temple Puja and Darshan Timings

 

Puja And Darshan Name Timings
Morning 6:00 am to 3:00 PM
Evening 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

History of Kedarnath Temple

Kedarnath Jyotirling Mandir in Uttarakhand is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the Chhota Char Dhams in Uttarakhand, along with Yamunotri, Gangotri and Badrinath. It is also one of the Panch Kedar. The history of Kedarnath Temple goes back to the Mahabharata era. The Pandavas were looking for Mahadev to beg forgiveness for sins committed during the Mahabharata War. Mahadev was hiding from them in the form of a bull. When the Pandavas found and tried to catch him, the bull disintegrated into five parts and landed in different spots. These spots came to be the Panch Kedar. Mahadev did forgive the Pandavas, who built five temples known as Panch Kedar and dedicated them to Mahadev.The hump of the bull landed in Kedarnath. The Shivling here is conical, in the shape of a hump.

The earliest reference to Kedarnath temple can be seen in Skanda Purana of the 7th or 8th century BCE. Kedarnath was a major pilgrimage by the 12th century CE as written by Pandit Lakshmidhar Bhatt in Kritya-Kalpataru.Kedarnath at an altitude of 3583 metres (11755 feet) above the sea level is inaccessible in winters. The Deities are shifted to Ukhimath and puja is done there for the duration of winter.

How to Reach Kedarnath

Gangotri to Gaurikund distance is about 324 km and the route is via Uttarkashi, Guptkashi and Sonprayag to Gaurikund. The motorable road ends in Gaurikund, from there it is an approximately 20 km trek to Kedarnath.

If you want to go directly from Haridwar to Kedarnath, the distance from Haridwar to Gaurikund is about 235 km. The route will take you via Rishikesh, Devprayag, Srinagar and Sonprayag up to Gaurikund. From there it is an approximately 20 km trek to Kedarnath.

Ponies and palanquin services are available from Gaurikund. Two days is the minimum time required to return.

Helicopter services are available to Kedarnath from Phata etc. One can return on the same day.

Dehradun to Gaurikund distance is  about 258 km. The route goes via Devprayag, Srinagar and Guptkashi.

 

 

Nearby Attractions

  • Gaurikund
  • Trijuginarayan Temple
  • Chopta
  • Badrinath Temple

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