Shri Kedarnath Dham Yatra
About Kedarnath : The Kedarnath Temple(Mandir) is ranked amongst the most revered places amongst Hindus, and is one of the twelve "Jyotirlingas" of Lord Shiva. This holiest pilgrimage place is located in Uttaranchal. Situated at an altitude of 3584 meters and river Mandakini lying towards the head, Shri Kedarnath Dham is the place where the scholarly Adi Guru Shankaracharya enshrined Lord Shiva.
Kedarnath temple, over 100 years old, has a conical lingam, which serves as the main idol, a statue of Nandi or the celestial bull, 'Garbha Griha' which is a worship place and 'Mandap' for the pilgrims s to offer prayers. Mythology describes Kedarnath Dham as the prominent holy place where Lord Shiva purged Pandavas of their sins for killing their own cousins Kauravas in Kurukshetra battlefield.
There is a belief that any pilgrim who dies here enters into communion with Lord Shiva. The best time to visit Shri Kedarnath Mandir is between May and October, and can be reached through trekking 14 kms. from Gaurikund, , which is connected by road from Rishikesh, Haridwar, Dehradun and other important hill stations of the Garhwal and Kumaon regions in Uttaranchal.
Famous Places to see in Kedarnath
Gaurikund –This place is used as a base camp from where the trek to Kedarnath starts. There is a famous hot water spring and a temple dedicated to Maa Gauri.It is a famous destination for tourism in Uttaranchal.
Vasuki Tal – On the way 6 km. trek at 4135 mtr. above sea level, you will found this lake. It is surrounded by high snow cladding mountains.
Gandhi Sarovar - This small lake is famous because mythology describes on this place Yudhishthir, the eldest of the Pandavas, is said to have deceased to heaven.
Sonprayag - This place is 49 kms far from the main and very famous for the temples of Ardhnarishwar and Vishwanathji.
Chopta: Chopta is one of the beautiful place in the entire Garhwal region. Beautiful lake Deoria Tal is there which is surrounded by grate Himalaya peaks. It is famous place for angling and birdwatching.
Panch Kedar - As the name defined Panch, there are five most important temples of Lord Shiva. Those are Kedarnath, Tungnath, Rudranath, Madmaheshwar, Kalpeshwer .
Nearest Railway Station: Rishikesh.
Airport : Dehradun.