Dev anagari Sanskrit Transliteration- ?iva
Affiliation Mahadeva (Trimurti)
Abode Mount Kail?sa Mantra Om Namah Shivaya
Weapon Trident snake foot (Trishula)
Consort Shakti, Sati, Parvati
Mount Nandi (bull)
Kedarnath is one of the holiest piligrimage of hindus it is the seat of Lord Shiva. It is one of the twelve “Jyotirlingas” of Lord Shiva,located in the picturesque surroundings of Rudra Himalaya Range at a height of 12000 feet on a mountain named Kedar. Lying at an altitude of 3584 m at the head of river Mandakini(shrine of Kedarnath)that joins Alakananda at Rudraprayag. This place is approximately 150 miles away from Hardwar and 132 miles north of Hrishikesh and is accessible by foot.. Lying at an altitude of 3584 m at the head of river Mandakini, the shrine of Kedarnath Temple is amongst the holiest pilgrimage for the Hindus.
IAt Kedarnath there are several Kunds (pools, tanks) that are known for their religious significans – shivkund, Retkund, hanskund, Udakkund, Rudhirkund are the most important.
Structure of Kedarnath Temple
Kedarnath Shrine is scenically placed amidst the lofty, snow – covered mountains and grassy meadows covering the valleys.there is a high Keadardome peak just behind the temple , which can be sighted from great distances. It is believed that the temple of Kedarnath was constructed by the Pandavas. At the entrance of the temple there is the statue of Nandi, the divine bull of Shiva.Inside the temple walls are exquisitely carved with images. The revered Shiva Lingam housed in the temple is in the unusual pyramidal form.
Legend Behind Kedarnath Temple
Legend goes that Nara and Narayana – two incarnations of Vishnu performed severe penance in Badrikashraya of Bharat Khand, in front of a Shivalingam fashioned out of earth. Pleased with their devotion, Lord Shiva appeared in front of them and said that they may ask for a boon. Nar and Narayan requested Shiva to take up a permanent abode as a Jyotirlingam at Kedarnath so that all people who worship Shiva shall be freed from their miseries.
According to yet another popular legend related to Kedar Temple, Goddess Parvati worshipped Kedareshwar to unite with Shiva as Ardhanareeswarar. Besides, the Pandavas are believed to have visited this area several times. Arjuna is believed to have come here to pray to Shiva to obtain the coveted Pasupataastra. The other Pandavas are believed to have come here in search of him, where Draupadi came across the heavenly lotus Kalyana Saugandikam, and requested Bhima to bring here some more of the same. It was during his venturing out to seek these flowers that Bhima met Hanumaan.
Kedarnath Temple (opening & closing)
The Kedarnath Temple of shiva opens only 6 mnths a year between april -nov and it depends on the Shiva Ratri. The closing date of Kedarnath is fixed on Yama Dwitiya (second day after Diwali, November).The priests then go to Ukhimath, where the worship of Kedareshwara is continued during the winter season.
Kedarnath Temple is open for devotees from 6 am to 2 pm and 5 pm to 8 pm.
Shingar Darshan is from 5 pm onwards and Aarti is performed at 6:45 pm. Sharavani Annakoot Mela is celebrated on the day before Raksha Bandhan during August. there is a Special Samadhi puja on the closing day of Kedarnath.
The Kedarnath Temple committee office organises booking for special pooja which is performed before the general darshan in the morning.
The Opening and Closing Date of Kedarnath Temple 2012
Note: The kapat of Shri Kedarnath Temple will open on 28th Apri 2012 at 7:15 AM.. The opening and closing date of Kedarnath 2012 will be updated soon.
Kedarnath of Winter
With the arrival of winters in the month of November, the holy statue of Lord Shiva, is shifted from Garhwal (Kedarkhand) to Ukhimath, and is reinstated at Kedarnath, in the first week of May. It is at this time, that the doors of the temple are thrown open to pilgrims, who gather from all parts of India, for a holy pilgrimage. The shrine closes on the first day of Kartik (October-November) and reopens in Vaishakh (April-May) every year. During its closure the shrine is submerged in snow and worship is performed at Ukhimath.
The holiest of Shiva’s shrines is linked to Gold among base metals so that every pilgrims finds peace here, and it is said that devotees who die here become one with Shiva himself. Beyond the temple is the highway to heaven, called Mahapanth.