Shri Kedarnath Temple

[ Location: 16 Kms from GauriKund;       Dedicated To: Lord Shiva;       Altitude: 3581 Meter;      Built In: 8th Century AD ]

Opened on :     9th May 2019

Closing Date :     Every Year on Bhiya-Duj (प्रत्येक वर्ष भैया दूज के दिन )

Contact Number :    01381-222204

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How to Reach
By Flight:  Jolly Grant Airport (35 kms from Dehradun) is the nearest Airport to Kedarnath situated at a distance of 235kms. Jolly Grant Airport is well connected to Delhi with daily flights. Gaurikund is well connected by motorable roads with Jolly Grant Airport. Taxis are available from Jolly Grant Airport to Gaurikund.
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By Train:  The nearest railway station to Gaurikund is Rishikesh. Rishikesh railway station is situated 243kms before Gaurikund on NH58. Rishikesh is well connected by railway networks with major destinations of India. Trains to Rishikesh are frequent. Gaurikund is well connected by motorable roads with Rishikesh. Taxis and buses are available from Rishikesh, Srinagar, Rudraprayag, Tehri and many other destinations to Gaurikund.
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By Road:  Gaurikund is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Uttarakhand state. Buses to Haridwar, Rishikesh and Srinagar are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate New Delhi. Buses and Taxis to Gaurikund are easily available from major destinations of Uttarakhand state like Dehradun, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Pauri, Rudraprayag, Tehri etc. Gaurikund is connected with Ghaziabad by National Highway 58.

By Trekking:  Kedarnath is accessible only after a steep 16 kms trek through a paved path (horses, palanquins, Dandies and Ponies are available for rent) from Gaurikund.
Weather/Climate Info
Winter (October to April) has chilly days. Minimum can touch sub zero levels and snowfall is very common. These months are not the perfect time for travelling.
Summer (May to June) are very pleasant with moderately cold climate. Summers is ideal for all sight seeing and the holy Kedarnath pilgrimage.
Monsoon (July to mid-September) are accompanied with regular rains and also temperature drops down. The region is prone to occasional landslides and travelling can be difficult.
The holy city of Kedarnath is open for public views from May to October/November but the temple remains closed during the monsoon months as landslides are common.
The region experiences pleasant and cool summer while winters are very chilly and snowfall is a regular occurrence.
History of the Temple
Lord Shiva manifested in the form of Jyotirlingam or the cosmic light. Kedarnath is highest among the 12 Jyotirlingas. This ancient and magnificient temple is located in the Rudra Himalaya range. This temple, over a thousand years old is built of massive stone slabs over a large rectangular platform. Ascending through the large gray steps leading to the holy sanctums we find inscriptions in Pali on the steps. The present temple was built by Adi Shankaracharya.The inner walls of the temple sanctum are adorned with figures of various deities and scenes from mythology. The origin of the revered temple can be found in the great epic - Mahabharata. According to legends, the Pandavas sought the blessings of lord Shiva to atone their sin after the battle of Mahabharata. Lord Shiva eluded them repeatedly and while fleeing took refuge at Kedarnath in the form of a bull. On being followed, he dived into ground leaving behind his hump on the surface. Outside the temple door a large statue of the Nandi Bull stands as guard. A conical rock formation inside the temple is worshipped as Lord Shiva in his Sadashiva form. The temple, believed to be very ancient, has been continually renovated over the centuries. It is situated at an altitude of 3,581 mt. It is a 16 km trek from Gaurikund.
At the approach of winters in the month of November, the holy statue of Lord Shiva, is carried down from Kedarnath to Ukhimath, and is reinstated at Kedarnath, in the first week of May. It is at this time, that the doors of the temple are thrown open to pilgrims, who flock from all parts of India, for a holy pilgrimage. The shrine closes on the first day of Kartik (Oct-Nov) and reopens in Vaishakh (Apr-May) every year. During its closure the shrine is submerged in snow and worship is performed at Ukhimath.
About the Temple

There are more than 200 shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva in Chamoli district itself, the most important one is Kedarnath. According to legend, the Pandavas after having won over the Kauravas in the Kurukshetra war, felt guilty of having killed their own Kith and Kin and sought the blessings of Lord Shiva for redemption. He eluded them repeatedly and while fleeing took refuge at Kedarnath in the form of a bull.
On being followed he dived into the ground, leaving his hump on the surface. The remaining portions of Lord Shiva appeared at four other places and are worshipped there as his manifestations.
The arms appeared at Tungnath, the face at Rudranath, the belly at Madmaheshwar and his locks (hair) with head at Kalpeshwar. Kedarnath and the four above mentioned shrines are treated as Panch Kedar.
An imposing sight, standing in the middle of a wide plateau surrounded by lofty snow covered peaks. The present temple, built in 8th century A.D. by Adi Shankaracharya, stands adjacent to the site of an earlier temple built by the Pandavas. The inner walls of the assembly hall are decorated with figures of various deities and scenes from mythology. Outside the temple door a large statue of the Nandi Bull stands as guard.
Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the exquisitely architectured Kedarnath temple is considered to be more than 1000 years old. Built of extremely large, heavy and evenly cut grey slabs of stones, it evokes wonder as to how these heavy slabs had been handled in the earlier days. The temple has a Garbha Griha for worship and a Mandap, apt for assemblies of pilgrims and visitors. A conical rock formation inside the temple is worshipped as Lord Shiva in his Sadashiva form.
Dharamshala/ Ashram Details
Sr No. Name Address Contact Number
1. Badrinath Dharmshala Badrinath 0138-1222204
2. Bauradi Dharmshala New Tehri 9410140941
3. Chamoli Dharmshala Chamoli 0137-2262241
4. Chandrabhaga Dharmshala Near Chandrabhaga Bridge 0135-2430261
5. Chela Chetaram Dharmshala Railway Station Road 0135-2430261
6. Dalmiya Dharmshala Shrinagar 0134-6252214
7. Dehradun Dharmshala Kargi Chaouk 0135-2627122
8. Devprayag Dharmshala Devprayag 9412965130
9. Gaurikund Dharmshala Gaurikund 0136-4269204
10. Guptkashi Dharmshala Guptkashi 8755614731
11. Joshimatt Dharmshala Joshimatt 0138-9222083
12. Kalimatt Dharmshala Kalimatt 7895374758
13. Kaliyasaud Dharmshala Kaliyasaud 9639795166
14. Karanprayag Dharmshala Karanprayag 9758611304
15. Kedarnath Dharmshala Kedarnath 0136-4263231
16. Madmaheshwar Dharmshala Madmaheshwar 9761836909
17. Nandprayag Dharmshala Nandprayag 9927664610
18. Pauri Dharmshala Civil Line 9411510475
19. Peepalkoti Dharmshala Peepalkoti 9410129028
20. Rudraprayag Dharmshala Rudraprayag 0136-4233230
21. Tungnath Dharmshala Tungnath 9761307495