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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular festivals and events hosted in Kedarnath?

Kapil Gumasta DEC 10 2012
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Answer: Kedarnath is often seen synonymous with the tranquility and peace that religion offers to its followers. Part of the Chhota Char Dham Yatra, a visit to this sacred place is believed to wash away your sins and take you on the path to salvation. This spirit is celebrated even more during the various festivals in Kedarnath, which rejoice in the glory of the almighty and where all his devotees come together.

Being primarily a
Hindu shrine, the temple observes most festivals in the Hindu calendar with grandeur and joy. Festivals like Ekadashi, Vinayak Chaurthi, Makar Sankranti, Basant Panchmi, Holi and Deepawali are celebrated with elaborate Pujas, fasts and decorations, with special food being prepared during this time. Other than these, the region also witnesses some non-religious fairs and melas. Some of the prominent festivals typical to Kedarnath are:

  • Badri-Kedar Festival

    Held in the month of June, this vibrant festival celebrates the rich and varied culture of India. It pays tribute to artists over 8 fun-filled days. This is hosted at the shrines of both Kedarnath and Badrinath and sees tourists from all across the country, who come to experience the arts and crafts from different states of India.

  • Samadhi Pooja

    In honour of Shankaracharya, a grand puja is held at his resting place or samadhi on the day that the Kedarnath shrine closes for the year. It is highly auspicious as it marks the end of a year and the hope of the beginning of the next cycle, all the while paying tribute to the legend of Shankaracharya in the region.

  • Shravani Annakoot Mela

    Celebrated a day before Rakshabandhan, this unique festival is observed by covering the Jyotirlinga in cooked rice, as an offering to Lord Shiva. This rice is then distributed among the devotees as Bhog as a symbol of the lord's blessings for his followers.

The celebratory air is nothing short of infectious, so make sure you come prepared to be carried away by the vibrant festivities!

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