Kedarnath Temple Yatra in India is very popular among the devotees of Lord Shiva. Pilgrimage tour to Kedarnath gives pleasure to witness one of the 12 lingas of Lord Shiva in Himalayas.
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Kedarnath



Kedarnath TempleThe Sri Kedarnathji shrine, one of the 12 Jyotir lingas of Lord Shiva, is a scenic spot situated, against the backdrop of the majestic Sri Kedarnathji range. Situated at an altitude of 3,581 mts. Kedar is another name of Lord Shiva the protector and the destroyer. Shiva, is considered the embodiment of all passions-love, hatred, fear, death and mysticism which are expressed through his various forms.

Situated in the lap of Nar-Narayan Parvat, with the towering Neelkanth peak (6,597mts.) in the background, Badrinath is one of the most revered Hindu shrines of India. It has been said that "there were many sacred spots of pilgrimage in the heaven, earth and the other world but neither is equal to Badrinath nor shall there be one".

Legend of Kedarnath



According to legend, the Pandavas after having won over the Kauravas in the Kurukshetra war, felt guilty of having killed their own brothers and sought the blessings of Lord Shiva for redemption. He eluded them repeatedly and while fleeing took refuge at Kedarnath in the form of a bull.

On being followd he dived into the ground, leaving his hump on the surface. The remaining portions of Lord Shiva appeared at four other place and worshipped there as his manifestations.

The arms appeared at Tungnath, the face at Rudranath, the belly at Madmaheshwar and his locks (hair) with head at Kalpeshwar. Kedarnath and the four abode mentioned shrines are treated as Panch Kedar.

There are more than 200 shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva in Chamoli district itself, the most important one is Kedarnath.



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