Char Dham

Kedarnath Temple
Location Area (sq km) Altitude (m) Population Pin Code STD Code Head Quarter
30°44'0"N
79°4'0"E
3 3581 479 246445 01372 Rudraprayag
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Uttarakhand Guide

Kedarnath temple situates in Rudraprayag district of Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand deriving its history from ancient era,  at an altitude of 3,581 meters above the sea level. Majestically jeweled on the head of river Mandakini, Kedarnath is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of lord Shiva and one among the chhota Char Dham pilgrimages in Uttarakhand, other three being Badrinath, Gangotri & Yamunotri and one among the five of Panch Kedar pilgrimages dedicated to lord Shiva, .

14Km trek from Gaurikund, Kedarnath lingam is pyramidal and at the entrance of the temple sits the rock statue of bull representing Nandi. Statue of Pandava brothers, Draupadi, lord Krishna and Virabhadra are other attractions of the temple. It is believed that Adi Shankaracharya revived the Kedarnath temple along with Badrinath and other pilgrimages in Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand. Adi Shankaracharya is believed to attain Mahasamadhi in Kedarnath. The Samadhi mandir (temple) of Adi Shankaracharya lies behind Kedarnath temple.

Kedarnath Temple Tourism

Kedarnath temple is travelled by thousands of religious tourists every year especially during the Char Dham yatra season starting from May till October. While paying visit to Kedarnath, the pilgrimage tourists prefer to pay visit all the five pilgrimages of Panch Kedar and start from Tungnath, reach Rudranath then go to Madhyamaheshwar. Kalpeshwar is the forth and Kedarnath is the last pilgrimage of Panch Kedar. In the return journey Kedarnath is the first pilgrimage of Panch Kedar.

Kedarnath experienced dreadful flood in 2013 June 16 which claimed hundreds of lives and physical entities. The Kedarnath temple was saved and Hindu devotees believe that it is the power of lord Shiva.

Kedarnath Temple | Best Time to Visit

Devotees can visit Kedarnath temple anytime from April to October escaping the monsoon months. Kedarnath temple remains open from April/May to October depending upon the Hindu calendar. Monsoon leads to landslide, road blocks and creates hazards to the trip.

Kedarnath Temple | How to Reach ?

Tourists need to either trek through a paved path from Gaurikund to Kedarnath or you can also sit on the horse back and reach Kedarnath temple. Visitors reach Gaurikund from Dehradun, Haridwar and Rishikesh passing through Muni ki Reti-Devprayag-Srinagar-Rudraprayag-Agastmuni-Ukhimath or passing through Narendranagar-Chamba-New Tehri-Ghansali-Agastmuni-Ukhimath.

The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Dehradun, 21.3Km from Rishikesh. The nearest railhead is Rishikesh railway station and Gaurikund is well connected with rest of the part of Uttarakhand state through roadways.

Kedarnath Temple | Places Nearby

  • Ukhimath: During winter, the worship of lord Kedarnath and Madhyamaheshwar is performed in Ukhimath of Rudraprayag district as Kedarnath temple remains closed due to heavy snowfall. At 1,317 meters above sea level, Ukhimath provides spectacular view of snow capped Himalayan peaks and also houses ancient temples dedicated to Usha (daughter of Banasur from whom Ukhimath derives its name), lord Shiva, goddess Parvati, Aniruddha and Mandata.
  • Gangotri Glacier:Gangotri Glacier extending between 4120 to 7000 meters above sea level in Uttarkashi district of Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand is 28Km long and 2 to 4Km wide. Emerging from a circle located below the Chaukhamba peak, Gangotri glacier flows roughly towards northwest and takes a turn creating a cow’s mouth. The point is named Gaumukh where gau means cow and mukh means mouth. Gangotri glacier feeds Bhagirathi river- one of the major tributaries of river Ganga…
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