Sunday, 5 February 2012

Himalaya the top of the world - 3 Kedarnath

K e d a r n a t h

6940 metres / 22769 feet
Kedarnath - are two mountains in the Gangotri Group of peaks in the western Garhwal

Kedarnath. It is a nagar panchayat in Rudraprayag district. The most remote of the Char Dham sites, located in the Himalayas, about 3584m(11,657 feet) above sea level near the head of river Mandakini.

Kedarnath is named in honor of King Kedar who ruled in the Satya Yuga. He had a daughter named Vrinda who was a partial incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi. She performed austerities for 60000 years. In honour of her, the land is named Vrindavan. However, Kedarnath and its temple exist from the Mahabharata Era when the Pandavas are supposed to have pleased Lord Shiva by doing penance there.

Kedarnath Shiva Temple

                                                        In his last days, Adi Shankara travelled to the Himalayan area of Kedarnath-Badrinath and attained videha mukti ("freedom from embodiment"). There is a samadhi mandir dedicated to Adi Shankara behind the Kedarnath temple.

                                    ........River Mandakini

There are 2 ways to reach Kedarnath
1) By foot for a steep 14 km trek through a paved path (horses or palanquins are available for rent) from Gaurikund, which is connected by road from Rishikesh, Haridwar, Dehradun and other known hill stations of Garhwal and Kumaon regions in Uttarakhand

2) through Helicopter service.

Rishikesh (NH58, NH109) 222Km Kedarnath
Gangotri (NH108)19.9Km Harsil (NH108,NH94)138Km Tehri Dam Reservoir (NH109)
169km Kedarnath - 326Km

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