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The word Kedarnath means ‘the lord of the field’ and is derived from two Sanskrit words– kedara, meaning ‘field’ and natha, meaning ‘lord’.

The word Kedarnath means ‘the lord of the field’ and is derived from two Sanskrit words– kedara means ‘field’ and natha, means ‘lord’.

Kedarnath temple is one of the most famous temples situated in northern India. The temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva, and is located on Garhwal Himalayan range near the Mandakini river, in the state of Uttarakhand. Interestingly, Kedarnath temple is seen as as a homogenous form of Shiva, who is called as the 'Lord of Kedarkhand', which is the historical name of the region.

History of Kedarnath temple

Kedarnath Temple The temple is said to be almost thousand years old.Photo by Wikimedia Commons

It is said that first the Pandavas constructed the Kedarnath temple and later on it was reconstructed by Adi Shankara in 8th AD. If this information is to be believed, then the temple is said to be almost thousand years old. Though, there are some geologists who claim that Kedarnath temple has been under the snow for almost 400 years during the Little Ice Age, which was the period between 1300-1900 AD. In fact, one of the statements in Kashi Kedara Mahatmya stated that Kedarnath is called so, because of “the crop of liberation” grows there.

Architecture of Kedarnath temple

From the pictures, it can be seen that Kedarnath temple is made from grey hunk of stones. The stone slabs of the temple are interlocked with each other with the use of iron clamps. In fact, no mortar has been used in the construction of temple. But, undoubtedly, the most magnificent feature of Kedarnath temple is the lingum with a cylindrical pedestal of approximately 3.6mts/12ft circumference and 3.6mts/12ft height.

Inside of Kedarnath temple

The inside of Kedarnath temple is built typically like an Indian Hindu temple consisting of a prayer hall and a Garbha Griha or inner sanctum. The idol which is worshipped by the devotees is in the form of an irregular triangular rock. At the same time, the inside walls of the temple are beautifully decorated with carvings and engravings of various gods and goddesses including Lord Shiva's wife, Parvati. Moreover, while entering the temple, you will encounter another tiny, golden sculpture of Nandi, the ox. There is no doubt that visting Kedarnath temple will rejuvenate your soul to the core.

Best time to visit Kedarnath temple

The best time to visit Kedarnath temple is from April to June. This is when the weather is soothing and warm, and makes one roam around and explore the majestic place. It must be noted that the temperature during these months is moderate and stays between 15 to 30 degree Celsius. Moreover, along with visiting Kedarnath temple, one can also visit Panch Kedar and Chota Char Dham.

How to reach Kedarnath temple

Jolly Grant Airport By flight, Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport from Kedarnath, which is situated at a distance of 238 km away.Photo by Wikimedia Commons

One can reach Kedarnath temple via road, flight, and train. By road, Gaurikund is the nearest motorable area from Kedarnath. There are inter and intrastate bus services that run around it. These buses connect the vicinity with Chamoli, Srinagar, Tehri, Pauri, Rishikesh, Dehradun, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Uttarkashi, Haridwar, and many other destinations. By flight, Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport from Kedarnath, which is situated at a distance of 238 km away. At the same time, the airport is well connected to Delhi, Lucknow, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Thiruvananthapuram, and is also connected to Gaurikund through buses and taxis. By train, Rishikesh Railway station is the nearest railhead from Kedarnath, and is 216 kms away from the temple. This railway station is well connected to major cities and towns of the country. Devotees from all over the country wish to and visit Kedarnath with whatever resources they have. And the place, apart from being highly energetic and vibrant with true devotion serves as a truly scenic reminder of the beauty of nature.

(Keywords: Kedarnath Temple, History, Architecture, Temple, India, Indian, Hindu, Travel, Visit, Lord Shiva, Parvati, Delhi, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand)



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