Unknown Facts About Kedarnath

The Temple Town

Kedarnath Temple, one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva, was built by Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century AD. The original site was believed to be established by the Pandavas.

Char Dham Yatra

Kedarnath is part of the sacred Char Dham pilgrimage, which includes Gangotri, Yamunotri, and Badrinath. This pilgrimage holds immense importance for Hindu devotees.

Spiritual Significance

A pilgrimage to Kedarnath is believed to help one attain moksha (liberation). Legends say the Pandavas built temples, including Kedarnath, to atone for their sins.

Highest Shiva Temple

Kedarnath Temple is the highest Shiva temple in India, situated at an altitude of 3,583 meters in the Garhwal Himalayan range, near the Mandakini river.

Diverse Priesthood

The priests who perform rituals in Kedarnath Temple belong to the Rawal community of Karnataka. Since the 10th century AD, they have chanted mantras in Kannada, preserving ancient traditions.

Buried Under Snow

Kedarnath Temple was buried under snow for nearly 400 years due to severe weather. It was rediscovered in the early 20th century, remaining intact, considered a miracle by many.

Unique Lingam

The Kedarnath lingam is a natural rock formation, believed to be worshiped by Lord Shiva himself. This unique lingam stands at 3.6 meters tall, symbolizing Shiva's infinite power.

Idols in Kedarnath Temple

The temple houses the main idol of Lord Shiva in his Sadashiva form, along with idols of Uma Devi, Ganesha, and Nandi, enhancing the temple's spiritual ambiance.

Intricate Carvings

Kedarnath Temple's walls are adorned with intricate carvings that depict various mythological stories associated with Lord Shiva, showcasing remarkable craftsmanship and historical significance.

Secret Tunnel

A secret tunnel once connected Kedarnath and Badrinath. An old English historian wrote about how the Rawal traveled daily to conduct prayers at both temples. The tunnel closed after natural calamities.

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