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Kedarnath : the abode Lord Shiva in the high Himalayas

Updated on July 7, 2009

Kedarnath

Hindus all over the world believe that the abode of Lord Shiva, The Destroyer One of the Holy Trinity, is in the Himalayas, the mightiest mountain of the world. Of the countless Himalayan temples dedicated to lord Shiva, five are most important; they are called PANCHA-KEDAR (five Kedars). Kedarnath is the 1st of these five Kedars (the others being Madamaheswar, Tunganath, Rudranath & Kalpeswar).

Kedarnath is situated in the Garhwal Himalayas at an altitude of 11,780 feet in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. A motorable road runs from Haridwar to Gaurikund (altitude about 6000 feet). From Gaurikund a trek of 14 km brings one to Kedarnath. This trekking route goes through the inner Himalayas with its stupendous natural beauties.

Kedarnath is a small hamlet with several small hotels. The star attraction is the temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. On the background is the majestic Kedarnath range of mountains, with two very prominent peaks -- the Kedarnath Peak (6940 metres) & the Kedarnath Dome(6831 metres).

The temple remains closed & snow-covered from the month of November to early May, when it re-opens.

A large number of devotees visit this shrine every year.

Tourists from all over the world also come here to enjoy the beauty of the mountains & feel the eternal spititual culture of India.

Himalayan splendor 1
Himalayan splendor 1
Rudraprayag, at the confluence of the rivers Akakananda & Mandakini.
Rudraprayag, at the confluence of the rivers Akakananda & Mandakini.
Himalayan splendor 2: The majestic peak Chowkhamba
Himalayan splendor 2: The majestic peak Chowkhamba
Himalayan splendor 3 : the river Mandakini
Himalayan splendor 3 : the river Mandakini
Kedarnath with the majestic Kedarnath range of mountains in the background.
Kedarnath with the majestic Kedarnath range of mountains in the background.
Kedarnath peak on the left & Kedarnath Dome on the right.
Kedarnath peak on the left & Kedarnath Dome on the right.
The Kedarnath temple at the foot of the mighty Kedarnath range of mountains.
The Kedarnath temple at the foot of the mighty Kedarnath range of mountains.
The Golden moment : Kedarnath mountains at sunset.
The Golden moment : Kedarnath mountains at sunset.

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      vicky prasad 5 years ago

      really its so nice....

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      Kedarnath 6 years ago

      The shrine of Kedarnath is very scenically placed, and is surrounded by lofty, snow - covered mountains, and during summer grassy meadows covering the valleys. Immediately behind the temple, is the high Keadardome peak, which can be sighted from great distances. The sight of the temple and the peak with its perpetual snows is simply enthralling.

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      amarnath yatra 6 years ago

      A very nice hub on Kedarnath. I was there last year and I came back refreshed and peaceful. I consider myself very fortunate to have enjoyed this bliss. God bless you for your very informative hub. Do visit my hub on Amarnath Yatra. I hope you like it.

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      TheresaAnn 6 years ago from South Fallsburg, New York

      This is a great Hub. I have also been to Kedarnath, including it in my yatra visiting all 12 jyotir lingams. I wrote it up in: http://www.squidoo.com/the-12-shiva-lingams-of-lig...

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      pantos benjamine 7 years ago

      why is it that when you want to be a good devotee you will start to suffer ,as if you are doing the wrong thing .to the extent you will bag some body who you were better than food to eat.