Kedar Yatra

Kedarnath is one of the most sacred pilgrimg of Lord Shiva situated in Rudraprayag district of Garhwal region in Uttarakhand. Kedarnath is one of the Char Dham in Uttarakhand and the most important dham among Panch kedar. Kedarnath is situated at an altitude of 3586 mts, in the lap of the majestic mountain peaks and near the head of river Mandakini, Kedarnath range stands one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. An Imposing sight, standing in the middle of a wide plateau surrounded by lofty snow covered peaks. Kedarnath is amongst the holiest pilgrimg for the devout Hindu. It is set amidst the stunning mountains cape of the Garhwal Himalayas at the head of the Mandakini River. Kedar is another name of lord Shiva, the protector and the destroyer. The shrine of Kedarnath is sacred and serene, and is surrounded by lofty, snow - covered mountains, and during summer grassy meadows cover the valleys. Immediately behind the temple, is the high Kedar Dome peak, which can be sighted from a great distance. The sight of the temple and the peak with its perennial snow holds one in thrall. It is a 16 km trek from Gaurikund. The ideal time for the pilgrimage to Kedarnath is from May to October. During the winters, the idols from Kedarnath and Madhyamaheshwar are brought to Ukhimath and worshipped there for six months. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the exquisitely architecture Kedarnath temple is considered to be more than 1000 years old. Built of extremely large, heavy and evenly cut grey slabs of stones, it evokes wonder as to how these heavy slabs had been handled in the earlier days. Outside the temple door a large statue of the Nandi Bull stands as guard