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Significane of Kedarnath Temple

Situated in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand, surrounded by giant mountains on three sides, Kedarnath Dham is a symbol of the faith of countless devotees. According to the belief of Hinduism, Kedarnath Dham is considered to be a major center of energy. This temple of Lord Shiva is 85 feet high, 187 feet long and 80 feet wide.

There is a belief about the Jyotirling of Kedarnath, that Pandavas wanted to be freed from the sin of brotherhood when they were victorious in the war of Mahabharata. For this, they wanted to obtain the blessings of Lord Shiva, but the Lord was angry with the Pandavas.

Pandavas went to Kashi for the visit of Lord Bholenath, they did not meet him. Pandavas came to the Himalayas while searching Shiva. The Lord did not want to see the Pandavas, so he went into Kedarnath. On the other hand, Pandav also reached Kedar behind him.

Shiva took the form of the bull and found it in other animals and found it in other animals. Pandavas became suspicious. Bhim took a huge look and spread the legs on two hills. All the cow-bulls went out there, but the bull-headed Lord Shiva was not ready to go under the feet.

Bhima blazed on that bull, but the ox was placed on the ground. Bhima grabbed the back of the bull’s back. Lord Shiva was glad to see the devotion of Pandavas in this. He gave sight to the Pandavas and freed them from sin. Since then, they are worshiped in Shri Kedarnath as the form of the back of Lord Shiva’s bull.

In the main part of the temple there is the path of Pradakshina around the pavilion and sanctuary. Nandi bulls are in the vicinity of the outer courtyard. There is no authentic mention of who built the temple. It is said that it was founded by Guru Shankaracharya.

Interesting Story Behind Badrinath Dham

Now, Badrinath Dham Kapat has opened for Chardham Yatra Tour of 2019. Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath Dham are included in the Char Dham Yatra of Uttarakhand, which is also known as Chota Chardham. Similarly, the biggest Chardham tour of the country includes Badrinath (Uttarakhand) along with Dwarka (Gujarat), Puri (Orissa), Rameswaram (Tamil Nadu).

Due to this History, Badrinath Dham is considered as the most special in Char Dham in Uttarakhand.

Legends Behind Badrinath Dham

There is a fiction about Lord Vishnu’s Dham Badrinath. According to the legends, it used to be the home of Lord Shiva in Badrinath, but later it became the meditation place of Lord Vishnu. It is said that Lord Shiv used to live here with his family. But one day, Lord Vishnu started looking for a place to meditate, and he saw this place, and he saw this place. He loved the atmosphere of Badrinath. But they knew that this is the residence of their adorable Shiva.

Then he started crying loudly in the form of a child. Mata Parvati’s eyes fell on them and she started to silence the child. But the child did not stop. When Mata Parvati went inside with the child, Shiva realized that it was Vishnu. Shiva told Parvati that leaving the child. But the Mata did not obey and went inside to get him to sleep.

When the child slept, Mata Parvati came out. After this, Lord Vishnu closed the door from inside and when Shiva returned, he said that he liked this place very much. He told Shiva to go to Kedarnath from there, and then he will present his devotees this place. In this way Shiva Bhumi was known as Dham Badrinath of Lord Vishnu.

According to another belief, it is said that once Mata Lakshmi went to her maternal aunt with Lord Vishnu. To celebrate them, Lord Vishnu did penance and removed the displeasure of Mata Lakshmi.

Finding Lord Vishnu, Mata Lakshmi reached the place where she was absorbed in asceticism. She saw that Shri Vishnu is doing penance by sitting on a berry tree. After this, Mata Lakshmi named Lord Vishnu as ‘Badrinath’. After this its named as Badrinath.

How to Reach Badrinath Dham

To reach here, first visit Rishikesh. You can reach here via railway or roadway. You can also reach the Jolly Grant Airport of Dehradun by air. After this, Badrinath Dham will be reached from reach Srinagar, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Joshimath, etc.

Rudraprayag: Where Shiva Ji had given Darshan to Narada in Rudra form

Rudraprayag located in Uttarakhand is one of the five Prayags of the Alankananda River. Alaknanda and Mandakini rivers meet here. The distance of Kedarnath from the holy place is just 86 kilometers. Rudraprayag can be reached from Haridwar and Rishikesh railway station.

Name is associated with Lord Shiva

It is said that Lord Shiva had blessed Narada at this place and had appeared in Rudra Avatar. Due to being close to the Himalayas, this place is very beautiful and tourists also come here. Rudraprayag also has many sacred temples, which are visited by devotees for years to see.

Among them are Jagdamba and Shiva Temple heads. Along with this, the Koteshwar temple near the Alaknanda river is also famous among the devotees. The distance of Rudraprayag of Delhi is about 357 kilometers.

Apart from Kedarnath, there is also a route from Rudraprayag to Badrinath. That’s why a lot of people keep coming here. Rudraprayag was badly damaged due to the flood in Uttarakhand in 2013. Many houses and bridges collapsed.

SIX PRAYAGS IN CHARDHAM

1. Vishnuprayag:-

Vishnuprayag is one of the most famous pilgrimage destination among all the prayags, Vishnuprayag get its name from lord Vishnu and it lies where Alakhnanda river and DhauliGanga river joins with each other, according to the history Lord Vishnu give vision to Narada here.

2. Nanda Prayag :-

Nandaprayag is the second Prayag and is situated where Nandakni River joins with Alakhnanda River. According to the available information it was considered as a place where Lord Vishnu gave boon of the birth of a son to Nanda and his wife.

3. Karnaprayag :-

Karnaprayag gets his name from Karna of Mahabharta. In karn prayag the Alakhnanda River joins with Pindar river and it was believed that the Karna did penance here and get kavacha and Kundala from his father lord Surya(sun).

4. Rudraprayag :-

In Rudraprayag the Alakhnanda River meets with Mandakini River. The place was named after Lord shiva who is also known as Rudra, here the lord shiva performed Tandava and played a musical instrument called Rudra Veena.

5. Devprayag :-

Devprayag is the first prayag you can visit on the way to Badrinath, here the Alakhnanda River joins with Bhagirathi and known as River Ganga. Devprayag gets his name from a poor Brahman called Deva Sharma. 

6. KeshavPrayag :-

Very less number of people knows about keshav prayag which is located near Mana Village, here the Alakhnanda River joins with Saraswati.