Kedarnath Temple holy Shrine in Uttarakhand: Kedarnath Temple is a holy shrine of Hindus dedicated to God Shiv ji.

Hello everyone today I Rahat Arora sharing with you one of the popular holy shrine of Hindus, dedicated to God Shiv Ji is Kedarnath Temple.

Kedarnath Temple in Uttarakhand:  Is one of the popular Hindu shrine located in Garhwal, Himalayan range near Mandakini River, tributary of Ganga in Kedarnath, Uttarakhand, India. The distance of Kedarnath is 223 km from Rishikesh, Uttarakhand.

kedarnath temple holy shrine  in Uttarakhand

Kedarnath Temple Holy shrine in Uttarakhand:

Weather conditions in Kedarnath:

Due to extreme weather conditions, the Kedarnath Temple is open only between the end of April to November. During winters the deities from Kedarnath Temple are brought to Ukimath where God Shiv Ji is worshiped for six months.God Shiv Ji is worshiped as Kedarnath, “The Lord of Kher Khand”.

kedarnath temple holy shrine  in Uttarakhand

kedarnath temple holy shrine  in Uttarakhand

This temple is not directly accessible by road you need to Trek uphill from Gaurikund which is 14km. Pony service is available for the devotees to reach the temple.

kedarnath temple holy shrine  in Uttarakhand

This temple was built by Pandavas and revived by Adi Shankracharya and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, which is the holiest Shrines of God Shiv Ji.

kedarnath temple holy shrine  in Uttarakhand

This temple is one of the four major sites in India’s Chota Char Dham pilgrimage which is in Northern Himalayas and this temple is the highest among 12 jyotirlingas.

Kedarnath Temple from inside contains statues of five Pandavas brothers, Lord Krishna, The vehicle of Shiv Ji Nandi and guards of Shiv Ji Vibhadra in first hall. Also the statues of Draupadi and other deities are installed in the main hall.

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A medium size conical rough stone formation is worshiped in Garbagruha which is considered as Sadashiva form of God Shiv Ji.

The temple has an unusual feature which is the head of a man carved in triangular stone fisca.

kedarnath temple holy shrine  in Uttarakhand

Kedarnath temple holy Shrine in Uttarakhand :

Incident happen in Kedarnath on june 2013:

In  Kedarnath valley, along with other parts of the state of Uttarakhand, was hit with unpredictable  flash floods on 16 and 17 June 2013.

On 16 June, at about 7:30 p.m. a landslide and mudslides occurred near Kedarnath Temple with loud peals of thunder. An enormously loud peal was heard and huge amounts of water started gushing from Chorabari Tal or Gandhi Tal down Mandakini river at about 8:30 p.m. washing everything away in its path.

On 17 June 2013 at about 6:40 a.m. in the morning water again started to flows at a huge speed from river Swaraswati and Chorabari Tal or Gandhi Tal which brings along the  huge amount of silt, rocks and boulders. A huge rock got stuck behind Kedarnath Temple and protected it from the ravages of the flood.

The waters burst  on both the sides of the temple and  destroying everything in their path. Even people  observed that one large rock got carried to the rear side of Kedarnath Temple, thus causing obstruction to the wastes, diverting the flow of river and wastes to the sides of the temple avoiding damage.

The temple withstood the severity of the floods, the complex and surrounding area were destroyed, which results  in the death of hundreds of pilgrims and locals.  Also Shops and hotels in Kedarnath were destroyed and all roads were broken. People took shelter inside the temple for several hours, until Indian army airlifted them to safer places.

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kedarnath temple Holy Shrine  in Uttarakhand:

Comparison between Kedarnath before floods and after floods:

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kedarnath temple Holy Shrine  in Uttarakhand:

In the end, I hope you all will like my Blog. So Visit Kedarnath Temple holy shrine in Uttarakhand to take blessings from God Shiv ji.

 

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Hello everyone, I am Rahat Arora, I like to explore and capture good travel memories. Being travel lover I am also (travel blogger) through which I share my experience about places with the combination of exploring the place, culture and cuisines. So, I hope you all like my travel experience.

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