Kedarnath ji is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. Which is located in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand state. millions devotees come from all over the world for the Kedarnath Shivling Abhishek.
The Himalayas have been a place of asceticism for sages and deities for centuries. Great personalities gained spiritual power by doing penance here and increased India's pride in the world. Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri are famous in the name of Chardham in the Himalayan region of the Uttarakhand region. These sanctuaries are precious jewels that shine in the crown of the country. Among them, the philosophy of the sanctuaries of Badrinath and Kedarnath is of special importance. With respect to the Kedarnath Darshan that comes in Dwadash (Twelve) Jyotirlinga in Kedarkhand, it is written that if a person travels to the Badrinath region without seeing the God Kedarnath, then his journey becomes useless, that is, meaningless.
The Shri Kedarnath ji temple is located on the top of Himalayas called Mount 'Kedar'. The holy shrine of Lord Badri Vishal is located in the spiritual Alaknanda River, which rises in the east direction of this peak, and Lord Shri Kedarnath sits on the banks of the sacred Mandakini River in the west. Alaknanda and Mandakini are the sacred confluence of both rivers in Rudraprayag and from there it joins the 'Bhagirathi-Ganga' in Devprayag. In Devprayag, Ganga leaves the sacred sanctuary 'Gangotri' of Uttarakhand. After Devprayag, the existence of Alaknanda and Mandakini merges with the Ganges and there, for the first time, Ganga lands on the flat land of Haridwar. After seeing Lord Kedareshwar Jyotirlinga, all human sins are destroyed and also get the penance in life. The same intention is also expressed in the Koti Rudra Samhita of Shiva Purana.
The ancient temple of Kedareshwar (Kedarnath) Jyotirlinga was built by the Pandavas, which is located at an altitude of 11750 feet from the mountain. According to mythological evidence, 'Kedar' is the last part of Mahish, that is, the buffalo. The height of the Kedarnath temple is 80 feet, which is located on a huge square platform. Brown stones have been used in the construction of this temple. The biggest surprise is that in ancient times, how would this magnificent temple have been established by taking those huge stones to such an inaccessible site in the absence of mechanical means? This great temple is a living proof of the devotion of the Pandavas with their strong will and muscular strength towards Shiva.
This temple has an exquisite workmanship. On the temple, a wooden umbrella is built on the pillars, on which copper is coated. The pinnacle (kalash) of the temple is also copper, but it has been polished with gold. In the sanctorum sanctuary of the temple is the Swayambhu Jyotirlinga of Kedarnath, which is unbleached stone. This lingamurti is four cubits long and a thickness and a half, which looks like the back of a buffalo. There is a narrow ring around it, in which devotees perform pradakshina. In front of this Jyotirlinga, water, flowers, bilvapatra, etc. are offered. and in the second part, the passengers carry ghee. Devotees also meet God by filling this lingamurti in their arms.
The best time to visit Kedarnath is during the months of May, June and September, October. At this time, the climate remains pleasant and pilgrims no need to bother about their pilgrimage tour to Kedarnath.
Kedarnath ji Temple opens for common visitors at 7:00 a.m.
Special poojas take place from one to two in the afternoon and after that the temple is closed for rest. Again, the temple opens for public view at 5 pm.
Regular Aarti takes place from 7:30 a.m. at 8:30 p.m., with the five-faced statue of Lord Shiva properly adorned.
The Kedareshwar Jyotirlinga temple is closed at 8:30 p.m.
In winter, Kedarghati is covered with snow. Although the opening and closing of the Kedarnath temple is auspicious, it usually closes before November 15 (two days before the Sankranti Scorpio) and after six months, that is, Vaishakhi (April 13-14) opens the valve.
In such a situation, the Panchmukhi statue of Kedarnath is taken to Ukhimath. Rawal ji loves this statue here too.
In Kedarnath, the public receives the receipt by depositing the fee and accordingly, or worship the temple or accept the Bhog-Prasad.
The occasional river of Mandakini in Kedarnath continue here, kissing the footsteps of Lord Shiva, but on June 16 a shriek was heard in the mountains around Kedarnath. The shower wreaked havoc on Kedarnath. The situation is that the Rambara market near Kedarnath was completely razed. Witnesses claim that the main gate of the Kedarnath temple was also dragged by the strong flow of water. An eyewitness said that people were sleeping, doing a little order, wandering around when suddenly large stones, rubble, water came out from behind. He arrived so fast that before anyone could understand anything, they were trapped in the rubble. These rubbles passed through the market. Only the temple is safe, the rest of the hotels, the cabins and the main door of the temple were razed. Many are buried under the rubble and there seems to be no chance of escape. A witness said that Kedarnath had become a place of cremation. When the flood came, a large stone reached the back of the temple, saved the temple safely, but nothing left-right-left. When the flood ended, only the temple remained in the midst of destruction and destruction. After Kedarnath, there has been a great destruction in Gaurikund. There has been so much loss of life and property in Kedarnath, Gaurikund and Rambara. Although it may not have been known yet, there have been many ravages here. No one can deny this.
To visit the sacred pilgrimages of the Himalayas, pilgrims must come to Haridwar by train, bus, taxi, etc. There are measures available from Haridwar to Uttarakhand. The distance from Haridwar to Kedarnath is 247 kilometers. The 233 km journey from Haridwar to Gaurikund is by highway, while the distance of 14 km from Gauri Kund to Kedarnath must be done on foot. For a person who cannot walk, Gauri Kund has horse, palanquin, pittu, etc. The trip arrives at Sri kedarnath from Haridwar, Rishikesh, Devprayag, Srinagar, Rudraprayag, Tilwara, Agastyamuni Kund, Guptkashi, Nala, Phata, Rampur, Sonprayag, Gaurikund, Rambada and Garudchatti.
Ans- The word ¡°Kedar¡± refers the Lord Shiva in Vedas and Puranas. Kedarnath is known as the land of Lord Shiva, where Lord Shiva transmigrate in the form of Linga. Kedarnath is one of the 12 jyotirlings.
Ans- The darshan timing of kedarnath temple in morning is 5:00am to 1:30pm and in evening 5:30pm to 10:00pm.
Ans- Yes, there is 16kms trek to reach at Kedarnath Temple. There is some facility like Horses, Palki, Pitthu to reach at the Temple and also there is the helicopter facility too.
Ans- Yes, the travel by Helicopter Flights to go to kedarnath is safe, these are approved by DGCA. Due to bad weather flights can¡¯t fly for the safety of tourists.
Ans- Kedarnath yatra begins in Akshya Tritya from April or MAY month and remains on Bhai Dooj ends after Diwali.