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Kedarnath : the abode Lord Shiva in the high Himalayas
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.