Kedarnath Temple is one of the holiest Hindu temples committed to the god Shiva. It is on the Garhwal Himalayan range close to the Mandakini river in Kedarnath, Uttarakhand in India. Because of compelling climate conditions, the temple is open just between the end of April (Akshaya Tritriya) to Kartik Purnima (the fall full moon, normally November). Amid the winters, the vigrahas (gods) from Kedarnath temple are brought to Ukhimath and worshiped there for six months. God Shiva is worshiped as Kedarnath, the ‘Lord of Kedar Khand’, the authentic name of the locale. Sadhguru looks at the importance of Kedarnath temple, one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, and how it has been a location energized by a great many supernatural quality and yogis over the ages.
The unstable temple is not straightforwardly available by road and must be arrived at by a 14 kilometers (8.7 mi) tough trek from Gaurikund. Horse and manchan facility is available to reach the structure. The temple was constructed by Pandavas and restored by Adi Sankaracharya and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, the holiest Hindu shrines of Shiva. Pandavas should have pleased Shiva by doing penance in Kedarnath. The temple is one of the four noteworthy location in India’s Chota Char Dham pilgrimage of Northern Himalayas.
Kedarnath is a natural and attractive space. The expression of the sound “Shiva” attains a totally new measurement and significance in Kedar. It is a place which has been extraordinarily arranged for this specific sound. When we express the word “Shiva,” it is the freedom of the uncreated, the liberation of one who is not made. It is not right to say this, however it is practically like on this planet, the sound “Shiva” emanates from this spot. For thousands of years, individuals have experienced that space as a resonation of that sound.
Kedarnath was the worst badly influenced area amid the 2013 blaze flood in North India. The temple complex, encompassing regions and Kedarnath town were suffered extensively, yet the temple structure did not endure any big harm, aside from few cracks on one side of the four walls which was caused by the streaming debris from the higher mountains. A huge rock among the debris acted as a hindrance, shielding the temple from the flood. The surrounding premises and other building around the temple region were vigorously harmed. The temple structure has been standing erect and confronting nature’s wrath for as long as 10 centuries and it is expected that the structure has the persistence to stay in place future as well.
Temple Past Significance
The temple, at a height of 3,583 m, 223 km from Rishikesh, on the banks of Mandakini river, a tributary of Ganga, is an amazing stone building of obscure date. The structure is believed to have been erected in the eighth century AD, when Adi Shankara visited. The present structure is on a site neighboring where Pandavas are believed to have constructed the temple. It has on Garbhagriha and a Mandapa and stands on a plateau encompassed by snow clad mountain and glacial masses. Before the temple, directly opposite to inner shrine, is a Nandi statue carved out of rock.
The first corridor inside Kedarnath Temple contains statues of the five Pandava brothers, Lord Krishna, Nandi, the vehicle of Shiva and Virabhadra, one of the guards of Shiva. Draupadi statue and other divinities are too established in the main corridor. A medium-size conical shaped rough stone is worshiped in the Garbagruha and considered as Sadashiva type of Lord Shiva. An unique property of the temple is the head of a man cut in the triangular stone fascia. Such a head is seen cut in an another temple adjacent built on the place where the marriage of Shiva and Parvati was held. Adi Shankara was believed to have restored this temple, alongwith Badrinath and other temples of Uttarakhand; he is believed to have accomplished mahasamadhi at Kedaranath. Behind the temple is the samadhi mandir of Adi Sankara.
The prominent priest (Raval) of the Kedarnath temple from the mallu Veerashaiva jangam society from Karnataka. Though, dissimilar to in Badrinath temple, the Raval of Kedarnath temple does not perform the pujas. The pujas are done by Raval’s colleagues on his guidelines. The Raval moves with the divinity to Ukhimath amid the winter season. There are five primary priests for the temple, and each one selected as main priest by a rotation process for every year. Amid Pooja of Lord Shiva at Kedaranath the mantras will be purported in the Kannada language. This has been a custom from many years.
The Flood in Kedarnath
The Kedarnath valley, alongside other parts of the state of Uttarakhand, was hit with unexpected blaze floods on 16 and 17 June 2013. On 16 June, near about 7:30 p.m. an avalanche and mudslides happened close to Kedarnath Temple with uproarious peals of thunder. An immensely boisterous ring was heard and tremendous measures of water began spouting from Chorabari Tal or Gandhi Tal down Mandakini river at around 8:30 p.m. washing everything endlessly in its way. On 17 June 2013 at around 6:40 a.m. in the morning waters again began falling at a tremendous pace from river Swaraswati and Chorabari Tal or Gandhi Tal bringing alongside its stream gigantic amount of silt, rocks and stones. An immense rock got stuck behind Kedarnath Temple and shielded it from the desolates of the flood. The waters spouted on both the sides of the temple destroying everything in their path.Even observer watched that one extensive rock got conveyed to the back side of Kedarnath Temple, subsequently bringing about impediment to the debris, redirecting the stream of river and debris to the sides of the temple avoiding damage.After all it is creator of universe Lord Shiv’s temple.
Kedarnath temple image and wallpapper