Kedarnath Temple is a temple of Lord Shiva and it holds an important value for the Hindus. It is the most sacred place and considered as the four pillars of Char Dham Yatra. It is located on the Garhwal Himalayan Range near the Mandakini River in Kedarnath, Uttrakhand. It is a place for Hindus to wash their sins and achieve a place in heaven. Due to extreme weather conditions, the temple is open from the month end of the April to November. ‘Lord of Kedar Khand’ is the historical name of the Kedarnath.
So Here Are The 10 Interesting Facts About Kedarnath Temple
1. Kedarnath Temple is at an altitude of 3600m above sea level in the foothills of Himalayan Range near the Mandakini River. The temple is surrounded by beautiful snowcapped mountains and forests.
2. The temple is only open between April to November because of extreme weather conditions. During the winter season, the vigrahas (deities) from Kedarnath temple are brought to Ukhimath and worshipped there for six months.
3. Pilgrims have to trek for about 18 kilometers uphill from Gauri Kund to reach the Kedarnath Temple because the temple is not directly accessible by the roads. Pilgrims can use the pony and manchan services to reach the temple. Nowadays, pilgrims can also take Helicopters to reach the temple.
4. The Kedarnath Temple was built by the Pandavas according to the Hindu Legends. Later on, it was renovated by Adi Shankara in 8th A.D.
5. It is one of the Twelve Jyotirlingas. Jyotirlingas are the holiest shrines of Lord Shiva. Kedarnath is the highest among the 12 Jyotirlingas.
6. The exterior part of the temple is constructed of white marbles which exhibits peace and harmony.
7. The temple is managed by the head priest of the temple, Raval. He belongs to the belongs to the Veerashaiva community from Karnataka. Well, all the pujas are not conducted by the Raval, he teaches other pujaris about it. There are 5 priests for the temple and they rotate to the position of head priest annually.
8. There are five temples known as Panch Kedar.
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9. There are statues of the Pandavas, Lord Krishna, Nandi, Virabhadra (One of the guards of Shiva) and other deities in the temple.
10. In 2013, Kedarnath Temple was almost ruined by the heavy flood. The flood caused a major site destruction and took away the life of hundreds of local and pilgrims. The shops and hotels in Kedarnath were totally destroyed. Even large buildings were washed away in the flood. The roads were broken. A huge rock was stuck behind the temple causing obstruction to the debris and protected the temple from getting washed away in the flood.