Kedarnath at an altitude of 3.581 mts. offers an amazing spectacle of the surrounding mountainscape. One of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Kedar or Lord Shiva, Kedarnath, is one of the most important pilgrimages for the devout Hindus. A tour to Kedarnath can be an enchanting experience amidst the mountain ranges and the splendid sceneries around. In the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, Kedarnath, the abode of Lord Shiva, the destroyer of the evil and the protector of the mankind is the holiest place for Hindus. According to the legend, Pandavas after the battle of Kurukshetra were on the lookout for Lord Shiva to seek his blessing and atone for their sins.
Lord Shiva or Kedar eluded them by changing into a bull and diving underground thereby leaving his hump behind. It is the hump of the Bull Nandi that is worshiped at Kedarnath. The statue of the celestial Bull Nandi guards the entrance of the Kedarnath temple. On your tour to Kedarnath you can visit the five shrines together known as Panch Kedar. The extreme cold of the mountains and snowfall keep the temple closed for pilgrims for the months from November to April. Kedarnath can be reached by regular bus links from Haridwar, Rishikesh, Dehradun and other major cities of Uttarakhand. If you plan to travel to Kedarnath by air you can fly till the Jolly Grant in Dehradun while if you planing you Kedarnath Yatra by the railways then the nearest railway station is in Rishikesh and Kotdwar.
On your Kedarnath Packages you can choose from the range of moderate to good quality hotels for the accommodation. Modern amenities and good services are the earmarks of the hotels in Kedarnath.
Kedarnath Temple Opening and Closing Dates in 2020
Kedarnath Temple will open for devotees on 30th April 2020. While the expected closing date is 30th October 2020. The opening date and time depends on the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya and declared on the Maha Shivaratri. The closing date generally falls on the occasion of Bhai Dooj (October-November).
The revered Jyotirlinga, one of the sacred 12 Jyotirlingas in India remains open for 6 months of the year whereas rest of the year remains closed as the routes close in winters with heavy snow. The date of opening of Kedarnath shrine is decided by priests in Ukhimath's Omkareshwar Temple after consultation of Panchang, Hindu calendar. On the closing of the temple, the deities and the priests shift their home to Omkareshwar Temple in Ukhimath.
Places to visit in Kedarnath
The revered Kedarnath has roots in religion and mythology, therefore most of the places to visit in the town and the nearby surroundings have mythological connotations, especially from the Mahabharata epic. These places to see further the spiritual bliss pilgrims feel on visiting Kedarnath Dham.
Gandhi Sarovar – Lying on the foothills of Kedarnath and Kirthi Stambh Peak, the small lake is a beauty. The crystal clear water is fresh from the glacier is set at an altitude of 3900m. Also known as Chorabari Tal, the lake owes its name to its location right at the mouth of Chorbari Bamak Glacier.
Phata – Located on the way to Kedarnath, Phata is a typical village of Uttarakhand blessed with beauty of the mountains. For the pilgrims who cannot trek to Kedarnath, the village has a helipad that offers helicopter services to Kedarnath as well as other Char Dham destinations.
Sonprayag – The meeting of the two holy rivers of Basuki and Mandakini, Sonprayag is a place of religious significance on the way to Kedarnath Dham. 'Prayag' means confluence and it is believed that bathing in a Prayag is to absolve sins and grant salvation.
Gaurikund Temple - Dedicated to Goddess Parvati, also known as Gauri the temple is a religious stopover for pilgrims to take blessings of the divine. If legends are to be believe, it is at this temple that the Goddess Parvati performed meditation and austerities to win the heart of Lord Shiva.
Gaurikund- Set at an elevation of 1982 m, Gaurikund is the commencement point of the 16 km trek to the sacred shrine of Kedarnath. Replete in natural beauty the town has many legends to its name. It was here that Goddess Gauri prayed to marry Lord Shiva.
Vasuki Tal – Set an altitude of 14200 ft. Vasuki Tal is a high-altitude glacial lake known for its inspiring beauty. The placid lake is home to many varieties of flowers, specially the Brahma Kapal. The trek to the lake is equally beautiful as the water body. The towering peaks simply enhance the beauty.
Shankaracharya Samadhi- The last resting place of the great philosopher and theologian of Hinduism, Adi Shankaracharya is one of the revered sites in Kedarnath. The saint has attained salvation at a very young age and marking his resting place is the Samadhi visited by devotees in huge numbers.
Triyuginarayan Temple- Perched at an altitude of 1980m surrounded by panoramic views of snow covered mountains of the beautiful Garhwal region. The temple is dedicated to the preserver Lord Vishnu, known as Trjugi Narayan ji. According to legends, the temple is where Lord Shiva and Goddess got married here. As Lord Vishnu was the one who completed all the celestial arrangements, the shrine is dedicated to the Lord. The revered shrine is visited by pilgrims paying a visit to Kedarnath and is said to grant blessings.
Bhairav Temple - Bhairavnath Temple or Bhairon Baba Mandir is one of the must- visit place sin Kedarnath. Dedicated to Bhairava, the believed protector of Kedarnath temple and the valley in the winters when when the deities shift to Joshimath and temple doors are closed. Offering charming views of the lofty Himalayas, the temple is among the revered shrines in Uttarakhand. Devotees completed the Kedarnath pilgrimage with a visit to the temple.