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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What is the history of Kedarnath?

Shikha Gautam DEC 10 2012
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Engulfed in intriguing mythological legends and stories, this enlightening realm of spirituality is bound to surprise you. With sheltering magnificent Himalayas and sheer inspiring beauty, Kedarnath is one of the most holy places in India and is attributed with utmost importance in one of the biggest epics in Hinduism, the Mahabharata.
One of the most inaccessible parts of the chota Chardham Yatra, the beautiful town is thronged by devotees from all parts of the country.
Explore an exhilarating journey down its grand historical past and gain a few insights about the bustling blessed center.

  • Origination
    Kedarnath is named in honour of King Kedar, a prominent ruler in Satya Yuga. His daughter, Vrinda who is said to be the partial incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi performed rituals for over 60000 years. Honoured and remembered for her faith, she is highly revered.

  • Legends and epics
    After the great battle of the Mahabharata in Hastinapur, the Pandavas ventured out to seek the great Hindu Lord, Shiva, to absolve themselves of their sins. The war between the Kaurava and Pandava brothersresulted in the demise of the Kauravas, leading the Pandavas to feel immense guilt for killing their own blood.

    On hearing of this journey, Lord Shiva decided to hide in Guptakashi. The Pandavas wandered around till they reached this hilly abode. In the midst of their journey, they chanced upon a unique he-buffalo. The unique buffalo was chased and hit by Bheema with a mace. With his face hidden in a crevice in the earth, Bheema tugged at the buffalo's tail. In this tussle, the face of the buffalo went straight to Nepal, leaving the rest of its body in Kedarnath. The face of the buffalo went on to be known as the famous Pashupatinath in Nepal.

    On the hind part of the bull, a gorgeous Jyotirlinga appeared. Lord Shiva emerged before the Pandavas from this bright ray of light. After the Darshan of Lord Shiva, the Pandavas were absolved of their sins.

    The triangular Jyotirlinga remains at this very spot. One of the 12 in India, it is highly revered and worshipped by devotees.

  • Spiritual Abode
    Kedarnath is one of the most visited shrines in India. It can be approached via a Rishikesh to Kedarnath taxi. The temple is open from May to October to avoid the extreme climatic conditions in winter. The dates are decided according to the Hindu Calendar. Thronged by devotees from all parts of India, this essential part of Chota Char Dham yatra is an integral part of the Hindu religion.

Rejuvenate and immerse yourself in pure bliss and spirituality. Experience the surreal beauty of this thriving religious abode and go back completely refreshed.

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