Kedarnath Temple is located in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand state of India. Kedarnath Temple in the lap of the Himalayan Mountains in Uttarakhand is one of the Char Dham and Panch Kedar along with being included in the twelve Jyotirlingas.
Due to the unfavorable climate here, this temple opens for darshan only between April and November. It is said about this temple made of stone made of Katyuri style that it was built by Janmejaya of Pandava dynasty. The Swayambhu Shivling situated here is very ancient. Adi Shankaracharya got this temple renovated. Kedarnath was the most affected area due to flash floods and landslides in the Indian states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh during June 2013. The walls of the temple collapsed and were washed away in the flood. The main part of this historic temple and the centuries-old dome were preserved but the entrance of the temple and its surrounding area were completely destroyed.
Specialties of Kedarnath Temple
It is the largest Shiva temple in Uttarakhand, which is built by joining huge boulders of cut stones. These boulders are brown in colour. The temple is built on a platform about 6 feet high. Its sanctum is relatively ancient, which is believed to be around the 8th century. Kedarnath temple is 85 feet high, 187 feet long and 80 feet wide. Its walls are 12 feet thick and are made of very strong stones. The temple is erected on a 6 feet high platform.
How to reach
The nearest railway station is Rishikesh. Apart from this, Kedarnath can also be reached here by coming to Dehradun, Haridwar and Kotdwar.
Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport here.
After reaching Rishikesh from Delhi, buses are available for Gaurikund from here also. Gaurikund is the place from where the road to Kedarnath ends and the trek to the temple begins.