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Kedarnath Temple, Kedarnath

The Kedarnath Temple is the main attraction of Kedarnath. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva which is on the Garhwal Himalayan Range. The temple opens at the auspicious event of Akshay Tritiya and is open till Kartik Purnima. During the winters, the deities are brought from Kedarnath to Ukhimath where it remains for six months. The temple is the highest among the twelve Jyotirlingas which are the Holiest Hindu shrines of Lord Shiva. There is the statue of Nandi which is the animal in which lord Shiva rides, in front of the Temple.  
The temple has figures of various deities carved in the walls with many scenes of Mythology. Devotees believe that a visit to this temple can free the cycle of life. The temple is believed to be about thousand years old and is built of enormous stone slabs over a large rectangular dais. Devotees visit the temple even when the path is very risky and after the flash floods when people are threatened to go there. The after effects of floods can still be seen in Kedarnath but now there are better provisions for devotees to stay than there were in the following year of floods.  


History:
The structure is believed to have constructed in 8th century CE when Adi Shankaracharya visited. The present temple is believed to be built by the Pandavas when they were seeking Lord Shiva for getting his blessings and seeking pardon from him as he was annoyed with them because of the unjust events at the war of Mahabharatha.

How to Reach

The Temple can be reached by trekking a distance of 16 kilometres from Gaurikund.