Kedarnath Temple is accepted to be the seat of Lord Shiva, the Hindu divine force of pulverization. It is situated in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand.It is the most noteworthy of four destinations in the Himalayan locale incorporated into the Char Dham journey in Uttarakhand. The others are Badrinath, where Lord Vishnu is accepted to dwell; Gangotri worked in the mid-eighteenth century; and Yamunotri at the wellspring of the Yamuna stream.Lord Shiva is considered to be the epitome of all passions – love, hatred, fear, death and mysticism which are expressed through his different structures.
Kedarnath situated in the lap of Garhwal Himalayas, exactly 221 km from Rishikesh, is one of the twelve Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva. Lying against the setting of the glorious Kedarnath Range, at an elevation of 3584 m, the awe-inspiring Kedarnath Temple is the place the devotees come looking for the favours of Lord Shiva. The sanctuary is said to have been built by Adi Shankaracharya in the eighth century A.D. The close-by streaming Mandakini River, entrancing vistas and amazing views as the snow-clad mountains, rhododendron backwoods, and salubrious condition make Kedarnath a quiet and pleasant place to be at.
The devotees encounter tremendous true serenity while undertaking a profound visit. The sanctuary and nature’s milieu is divine to the point that it generally revive people’s confidence in the Almighty. Not to overlook, the sanctuary has survived one of the most exceedingly bad glimmers surges ever in the state, subsequently, the adoration for this holy goal increases definitely. Aficionados come to this sacred journey site each year, for the most part as a piece of their Chardham Yatra circuit. Kedarnath in Uttarakhand is a standout amongst the most unmistakable journeys, especially for the Hindus.
The following verse describes the 12 Jyotirlingas:
“सौराष्ट्रे सोमनाथं च श्री शैले मल्लिकार्जुनम |
उज्जयिन्यां महाकालंओंकारं ममलेश्वरम ||
केदारं हिमवत्प्रष्ठे डाकिन्यां भीमशंकरम |
वाराणस्यां च विश्वेशं त्रयम्बकं गोतमी तटे ||
वैधनाथं चितभूमौ नागेशं दारुकावने |
सेतुबन्धे च रामेशं घुश्मेशं तु शिवालये”||
(शिव पुराण कोटि रुद्र संहिता अध्याय 32-33)
2013 Flash floods in North India
Kedarnath was the worst affected area during the 2013 flash floods in Uttarakhand. The temple complex, surrounding areas and Kedarnath town suffered wide damage, but the temple structure did not suffer any “significant” damage, apart from a few cracks on one side of the four walls which was caused by the flowing debris from the higher mountains. A large rock among the debris acted as a barrier, protecting the temple from the flood. The surrounding premises were heavily damaged.The flood has washed away roads, bridges and other infrastructure.
Kedarnath Temple Opening & Closing Dates in 2018
The Kedarnath Temple opens every year in the month of April-May for the devotees and closes in winter around the third week of November due to extreme weather condition. Thus, the temple is shut down for six months every year during which prayers to the deity of Lord Shiva continues at Onkareshwar Temple in Ukhimath.
The dates for the opening date of Shri Kedarnath Temple is announced by the priests on the auspicious day of Basant Panchmi. This year in 2018, Kedarnath Dham will open on May, 29.