Kedarnath Temple is a Lord Shiva Temple in the Garhwal Himalayan ranges in Kedarnath, Uttarakhand state, India. This temple is open only during Akshaya Tritriya day in April to Kartik Purnima (full moon day, usually November, due to the weather conditions. Kedarnath, the main deity here is worshiped as the ‘Lord of Kedar Khand’, the region’s historical name. The deities from this temple are taken to Ukhimath in Rudraprayag district (41 kilometers from Rudraprayag) and worshiped there during winter.
Ukhimath where Kedarnath Temple’s deities are taken during winter, is a centrally located destination to visit Madhmaheshwar which is known as the second kedar, Tungnath ji which is the third kedar and the natural fresh water lake called Deoria Tal. There are many other picturesque places worth visiting near Ukhimath.
Kedarnath Temple is situated on the banks of Mandakini river, a tributary of the holy river Ganga at an altitude of 3,583 meters or 11,755 feet. This temple was built by Pandavas. Adi Sankaracharya visited and revived the temple. It is one among the 12 Jyotirlingas.
Kedarnath Mandir (mandir means temple in Hindi language) is one among the four temples of
Chota Char Dham pilgrimage package tour.
How Do I Go to Kedarnath Temple?
Kedarnath Temple is at a distance of 223 kilometers from Rishikesh. You need to trek uphill for around 14 kilometers from Gaurikund. Pony rides are also available.