Kedarnath is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas (the cosmic light), located in the north Indian state of Uttaranchal. Considered to be one of the most sacred towns in the Garhwal Himalayas, Kedarnath is amongst the most venerated by Hindu pilgrims in the region along with Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. Kedranath is positioned amidst the striking mountainscape of the Garhwal Himalayas at an altitude of 3,584 m and at the origin of the river Mandakini. Kedar is another name of lord Shiva, the protector & the destroyer to whom the place is dedicated and hence the name - Kedarnath.
Located in the Rudra Himalaya range this ancient and magnificient temple is over thousand years old and is built of massive stone slabs over a large rectangular platform.
The present temple was built by Adi Shankaracharya. The inner walls of the temple sanctum are adorned with figures of various deities and scenes from mythology. A large statue of the Nandi Bull stands as guard at the outside the temple door. A conical rock formation inside the temple is worshipped as Lord Shiva in his Sadashiva form.