Kedarnath is a place located in Garhwal region of Uttrakhand, India. Kedarnath is famous for the Kedarnath Temple. Kedarnath Temple is one of the Panch Kedar Temples of Lord Shiva. It is the first temple to be visited in Panch Kedar. The Kedarnath Temple is located at 3,583 m (11,755 ft) above sea level. It is believed that Pandvas in ancient time remorse here to please Lord Shiva.
The Temple is located in Rudraprayag district of Uttrakhand, India. As due to heavy snowfalls in area the temple remains closed from November to April of every year and it gets open every year in April only.
History of Kedarnath
Kedarnath got its name from King Kedar. King Kedar ruled in the Satya Yuga. He had a daughter , Vrinda who was a partial epitome of Goddess Lakshmi. She achieved solemnities here for several years and the place is named after her as Vrindavan. However, Kedarnath Temple was built here by Pandvas as in that era they tried to please here Lord Shiva as they were feeling guilty because they had killed their own relatives and brothers in the war of Mahabharata. So in this temple the hunch of Lord Shiva is worshiped.
How to reach Kedarnath
Kedarnath is approachable by foot from Gaurikund (about 2950m high). You can reach Gaurikund from Haridwar by bus or by train or by your own vehicle as it is 204Kms away from Haridwar. It will be a beautiful journey as river Ganga will be flowing along all the way.
As you reach Gauri kund, the people there who own mules will ask you that you need a mule for your trek to Kedarnath. It is 14kms away from Gaurikund by trek. Older people can also go to Kedarnath by Doli carried by four people. Once you start from Gaurikund there is concrete road to walk on after 7Kms from there a place comes named Rambara. This place if full of guet houses and resorts. So you can get refreshed here for your further journey to Kedarnath. The air after Rambara gets thin and people can have breathing problems.
The floods in Uttrakhand have destroyed the trek to Kedarnath and by 2014 the trek will be rebuilt.
The other four Kedar Temples are as follows
Some other places to visit in Kedarnath are Samadhi of Adi Shankaracharya and Bhairav Nath Temple.