Kedarnath Temple

Kedarnath Temple

by Rohit Rathore

Kedarnath Temple

Hindu God Shiva. Kedarnath Temple is a Hindu temple that is dedicated to the god of heaven. The temple is located in the Garhwal Himalayan range, close to the Mandakini river in Uttarakhand, India. Due to the weather’s extreme conditions, the temple is only open to the public between April (Akshaya Tritiya) and November (Kartik Purnima, the autumn, Full Moon).

In winter, when the vigraha (deity) from the Kedarnath temple is carried to Ukhimath, and there the god is worshiped for six months. Kedarnath temple is regarded as a homogenous version of Shiva, The Lord of Kedarkhand, The historical name for the region.

The temple isn’t directly accessible via road and needs to be reached 22 kms of an uphill hike from Gaurikund. Manchan and pony service. The temple is accessible from the temple. According to Hindu mythology, the temple was initially constructed by Pandavas and is among the 12 Jyotirlingas.

The most sacred Hindu temples are dedicated to Shiva. Pandavas were believed to have pampered Shiva by performing penance at Kedarnath. Kedarnath temple is among the four great places in the Chota region of India. Char Dham pilgrimage in the Northern Himalayas and is the first of the Panch Kedar pilgrimage sites. The temple is the largest among the twelve Jyotirlingas.

Kedarnath Temple was the most severely affected region during the 2013 flash floods that hit North India. Kedarnath’s temple complex and its surrounding areas and Kedarnath The town were severely damaged; however, the temple was not affected by any “major” damage, apart from a few cracks on one of the four sides. Walls, which was The cause was the flow of debris caused by the higher mountain ranges’ flowing debris. A large boulder among the debris formed a barrier to protect the temple from the flood.

The legends and history of origin The Pandavas visited Kedarnath Temple following the Kurukshetra War. The area around the premises and other structures in the size of the market was severely damaged. The temple, which is situated at the elevation of 3,583 meters and 223 km away from Rishikesh located on the banks of the Mandakini river, which is a river that flows into Ganga. It is a stone structure with dates unknown.

It isn’t known who constructed the original Kedarnath temple or when it was built. Its name “Kedarnath” means “the lord of the field”: it is derived from Sanskrit The words kedara (“field”) words kedara (“field”) and the words Natha (“field”) and kedara (“field”) (“lord”). In the book, Kashi Kedara Mahatmya declares that it’s called because “the crop of liberation” is growing in this region.

Numerous folk tales about the Garhwal region and God Shiva, and the building of the Panch Kedar temples are narrated.

A legend from the folklore of Panch Kedar relates to the Pandavas, who were the heroes in the Hindu epic Mahabharata. The Pandavas defeated and killed their enemies -they were The Kauravas during their legendary Kurukshetra war. They wanted to pay for the wrongs committed in the crime of fratricide (gotra Hatya) along with Brahmanahatya (killing of Brahmins — priests of the category) during the conflict.

They, therefore, handed over the reins over their kingdoms to family members and left to search for Lord Shiva and seek his blessings. First, They went to the city of holy worship, Varanasi (Kashi), which is believed to be Shiva’s preferred city and famous by the Kashi Vishwanath Temple.

However, Shiva wanted to Avoid them since he was furious by the murder and dishonesty of the Kurukshetra war and was consequently unresponsive to Pandava’s Pandavas’ prayers. Therefore, The man assumed the shape of an animal (Nandi) and hid to hide in The Garhwal region.

Kedarnath Temple

The dominant representation of Kedarnath in the shape of a lingam has an irregular form with an elevated pedestal 3.6 millimeters in circumference and 3.6 meters in height.

There is a tiny pillared hall located in front of the temple, which is decorated with pictures of Parvati and the 5 Pandava princes. The temple has five in the vicinity, including Kedarnath, Tungnath, Rudranath, Madhyamaheshwar, and Kalpeshwar, which make up what is known as the Panch Kedar pilgrimage sites.

The first hall in Kedarnath Temple has figures of five Pandava Brothers, Krishna, Nandi, the vehicle of Shiva, and Virabhadra, as one of the guardians of Shiva. Statues of Draupadi, as well as other gods, are also erected inside the hall of worship. One of the most unusual features present in this temple is a person’s face carved within the triangular stone lingam. This head The carvings are visible in another temple built nearby at the same site that the marriage ceremony of Shiva was held. Parvati was celebrated.

The temple’s back is the samadhi temple of Adi Sankara. Adi Shankara is believed to be the one who had It was revived together with Badrinath and other temples of Uttarakhand. It was thought to have reached Mahasamadhi during Kedarnath.

Badrinath Temple

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