Situated at an altitude of 3584 meters above sea lever, Kedarnath comes under the religious arena and attracts large pilgrim flocks. With some wonderful vistas of nature and greenery blended with the snow covered peaks, one is sure to get lured of the beauty of this place. Nature spots like Chandrashila, Chopta, Sonprayag and Vasuki Tal might transport you to a different world. The Kedarnath Temple is famous in the entire country, where tourists are seen all round the year. Other prominent temples here are Agastyamuni and the Shankaracharya Samadhi.
Places To SeeKedarnath Temple
The Kedarnath is one of the four main dhams as per Hindu beliefs. Set amidst the lofty Kedarnath Mountain Range, the temple houses the Jyotirlinga of lord Shiva and is considered to be the most important of all the 12 Jyotirlingas. The temple dates back to the 8th century AD and is banked by the sacred River Mandakini. It was founded by Adi Shankaracharya and if legends are to be believed, the temple was built by the Pandavas. Triyuginarayan
It is believed that Triyuginarayan was the capital of Himvat. It was here during the era of Satyug that Lord Shiva married Goddess Parvati. The havan kund which was used to conduct the marriage ritual is still burning. Couples collect the ashes from the kund to achieve marital bliss. Tip
: While visiting Triyuginarayan, you can also see the three kunds: Rudrakund, Vishnukund, and
Brahmakund. Rudranath Temple
It is believed that it was here that the Pandavas from the mythological epic Mahabharata came to seek forgiveness for their sins from Lord Shiva. It is also believed that Lord Shiva’s body parts were discovered in the region and temple Rudranath is situated at the place where his head was found. In this temple, Lord Shiva is worshipped as Neelkantha Mahadeva. Guptkashi
The place has several attractions to offer including Vishwanath Temple, Manikarnik Kund and Ardhnareswar Temple, Vasuki Tal and Gandhi Sarovar. According to mythological beliefs, Lord Shiva took the form of Nandi Bull and hid at Guptkashi to avoid an encounter with Pandavas. He is said to have dived into the ground and hence the name Guptkashi.
Things To DoChorabhari Tal
Located close to the mouth of the Chorabhari Bamak glacier, at an altitude of 3900 m above sea level, Chorabhari Tal presents spectacular views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks, including Kedarnath and Kirthi Stambh peak. The tal is also known as Gandhi sarovar because his ashes were immersed here. According to mythology, it is from Chorabhari tal that Yudhishtira, the eldest of the Pandava brothers departed for paradise. Kedarnath Mountain
Located in the western Garhwal Himalayas, Kedarnath Mountain actually refers to two mountains: Kedarnath and its sub peak, Kedarnath dome, which is about 2 km north-west of the main peak. The sub peak has some skiing slopes and is popular with the adventure enthusiasts. Kedar Massif
Kedar Massif refers to three mountains: Kedarnath, Kedar dome and Bharatekuntha. Several glaciers originate from here including Mandakini. Furrows link the mountains of Kedarnath and Kedardome.