About Shri Kedartnatha

Shri Kedarnath Temple holds a place of utmost reverence among the more than 200 shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva in Uttarakhand’s chardham tour package Chamoli district. Legend has it that after the Pandavas emerged victorious in the Kurukshetra war but felt burdened by the sins of fratricide, they sought Lord Shiva’s forgiveness. Eluding them, Lord Shiva transformed into a buffalo and took refuge at Kedarnath. As the Pandavas pursued him, he dove into the ground, leaving behind his hump at Kedarnath. His other body parts are said to have appeared at four nearby sites, collectively known as the Panch Kedar.

The Kedarnath Temple, standing majestically amidst a vast plateau enveloped by snow-capped peaks, was originally constructed in the 8th century AD by char dham yatra Jagad Guru Adi Shankaracharya. Built adjacent to an earlier Pandava temple, its interior walls depict various deities and mythological scenes, while a colossal statue of Nandi guards the entrance.

Characterized by exquisite architecture, the temple is crafted from massive stone slabs, showcasing the ingenuity of ancient builders. Ascending through large grey steps, visitors reach the sanctum adorned with inscriptions in Pali language and intricate sculptures.

According to Hindu tradition, Kedarnath is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, representing the cosmic light of Lord Shiva. Situated at an altitude of 3,581 meters, the temple is accessible via a 16-kilometer trek from Gaurikund.

The temple’s origin traces back to the Mahabharata era, with Lord Shiva’s manifestation as a buffalo symbolizing redemption for the Pandavas’ sins. The conical char dham yatra 2025 rock formation inside the sanctum represents Lord Shiva in his Sadashiva form, revered through pujas and archanas performed by priests and pilgrims.

Kedarnath experiences heavy snowfall in winter, enveloping the temple from November to April. To ensure continuity of worship, a symbolic statue of Lord Shiva is ceremoniously transported to Ukhimath during this period, where rituals are conducted until May. Upon its return to Kedarnath in May, the temple doors reopen, welcoming devotees for their sacred pilgrimage. The shrine closes on the first day of Kartik (Oct-Nov) and reopens in Vaishakh (Apr-May) each year, symbolizing the cyclical rhythm of devotion and nature’s embrace.

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