City: Kedarnath State: Uttaranchal Location: North India Altitude: Altitude of 3,581 m above sea level Year of Construction: 8th Century A.D Constructed By: Adi Shankaracharya Type of Construction: Ancient Type of Building: Temple Dedicated To: Lord Shiva Religion: Hinduism Importance: Legend has it that Nar and Narayan, the two incarnations of Lord Vishnu practised severe penances at Badrikashram in front of a Shivalingam. When Lord shiva gave them the divine appearance, they requested him to make Kedareshwar his permanent abode. Lord Shiva thus manifessted himself in the form of Jyotirlingam. Famous For: The Kedarnath is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva Best Time: May-October Opening Schedule: May and closes either the last week of October Accomodation: Tourist Rest House, Saraf Cottage, Modi Bhavan, Kali Kamli Dharamshala ,Bhajan Ashram,Bharat Seva Ashram, Travellers Lodge Accesibility Nearest railhead is Rishikesh : 221 km, of which 207 km. is motorable upto Gaurikund. The remaining 14 km. has to be covered on foot or on ponies. See Rishikesh for rail connections. Regular and Yatra bus services are available from Rishikesh and Kotdwar. Private taxies are also available from Rishikesh. Some major road distances are : Rambara-6 km on foot, Gaurikund-14 km on foot, Sonprayag-20 km, Guptkashi-49 km. Kund-54 km, Agastmuni-73 km, Tilwara-83 km, Rudraprayag-92 km. Ukhimath-59 km, Dogalbhita-83 km, Chopta-89 km, Mandal-117 km, Gopeshwar-128 km, Chamoli-138 km. Nearby Cities: Rishikesh About Kedarnath Temple in Kedarnath, Uttarakhand India : The Sri Kedarnathji shrine, one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva, is a scenic spot situated, against the backdrop of the majestic Sri Kedarnathji range. At an altitude of 3,581 mts. It is a 14 kms. trek from Gaurikund. 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. The present temple of Kedarnath was built by Adi Guru Shankaracharya in 8th century adjacent to the site where Pandavas had built a temple. It is a mighty structure standing in the middle of a plateau with snow covered peaks on the periphery. The temple is believed to be more then 1000 years old. The architecture of the temple is exquisite, the walls are embellished with scenes from mythological stories and images of deities.
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