Kedarnath is one of the most significant holy places in the Hindu Religion. Above the sea level beside the river Mandakini Kedarnath is located at an altitude of 3583mt near the Chorabari Glacier in Uttarakhand.
Kedarnath is counted in one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India and has its importance from the time of the epic Mahabharat. Kedarnath is one of the major sites in Indian’s Chota Char Dham pilgrimage in northern Himalayas of Uttarakhand.
It not only holds the significant role in Hindu Religion, but it is also connected to the mythologies too. To know more keep on reading.
FACT 1- THE CREATION
Ancestors says that when Nar and Narayana the two avatars of Lord Vishnu present a sever act of austerity in the Badrikashraya of Bharat Khand, which led them to worship the Shiva lingam which appeared out of the earth ravishingly. Nar and Narayana then requested the Lord Shiva to live in here forever so that people who wish to worship Lord Shiva won’t be bind their self in hardship in the life anymore.
FACT 2- LEGENDS OF CREATION
In the way back in the time of Mahabharat, when the five sons of Pandu, Padavas went to seek blessing from Lord Shiva to get free from the sin of killing their cousin brother Kauravas. Lord Shiva impersonate himself as hump buffalo and kept hidden in Kashi. The Pandavas finally managed to determine the Lord Shiva who was hiding below the ground and Lord Shiva got impressed by them.
FACT 3- THE PROTECTION
The interesting fact about Kedarnath is with in very short distance Bhairav Nath Mandir is located which is guardian of Kedarnathji. During closing time of the Kedarnath, the Bhairav Nath guards the temple. There it is ceremonial to visit is before and after the closing of Kedarnath.
FACT 4- ABOUT
The Kedarnath temple is around 1000 years old temple. Himalayas around it is a heavenly treat for those who visit the temple. During the year 2013 Uttarakhand was hit by flood in which the whole town got destroyed but the temple was harmed less. A giant rock behind the temple helped it to protect from the flood, as this led to the diversion of flood coming toward the temple.
FACT 5- INSIDE THE TEMPLE
Kedarnath temple head priest is of Veerashaiva community also known as Raval. Although the rituals and puja are not done by the Raval, but they carry out the instruction to the priest perform the puja.