KEDARNATH is a sacred Hindu town located in UTTARAKHAND. It is one of the CHAR DHAMS located in the Himalayas ranges at an elevation of 3584m above sea level near the top of MANDAKINI River. It is a famous tourist destination for all Hindu pilgrims of all over the world.
The KEDARNATH temple lies amid the majestic snow-laden Himalayan peaks and is gathered by thousands of tourists each year. The extreme weather condition of KEDARNATH induces the temple to remain open from the end of April to the beginning of November. It is one of the twelve JYOTIRLINGAS of KEDAR or Lord Shiva. In KEDARNATH alone there are about more than 200 shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva.
According to Mahabharata, the PANDAVAS had built the KEDARNATH Temple where they pleased Lord Shiva with their self- mortification. The temple was revived by the great Hindu pundit, ADI SHANKARACHARYA in the 8th century CE, when he visited the place with his four disciples. Sadly the temple was hit by the disastrous floods of 2013, which engulfed hundreds of innocent lives.
There is a famous Hindu mythology related to the origin of KEDARNATH temple, which states that after the Mahabharata war, the PANDAVAS went on a mysterious journey to beg mercy from Lord Shiva. After failing multiple times, BHIMA was able to find Lord Shiva, who had incarnated as a bull to hide from the PANDAVAS.
BHIMA tried to catch it and hit its hind part with his mace. The injured bull then immersed in the earth and its body parts appeared indifferent places. It is believed that the hind part of the bull appeared at KEDARNATH, from which a JYOTIRLINGA or light flickered and Lord Shiva appeared in his divine avatar.
By Air: Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to KEDARNATH situated at a distance of 238kms. Jolly Grant Airport is well connected to Delhi with daily flights. GAURIKUND is well connected by motor-able roads with Jolly Grant Airport. Taxis are available from Jolly Grant Airport to GAURIKUND.
By Rail: The nearest railway station to KEDARNATH is RISHIKESH. RISHIKESH railway station is situated 216kms before KEDARNATH on NH58. RISHIKESH is well connected by railway networks with major destinations of India. Trains to RISHIKESH are frequent. GAURIKUND is well connected by motor-able roads with RISHIKESH. Taxis and buses are easily available from RISHIKESH to GAURIKUND.