Kedarnath is the first Kedar,Kedarnath is situated in Rudraprayag District of Uttarakhand . Kedarnath is 12th Jyotirling of Lord Shiva. The most remote of the
four Char Dham sites, Kedarnath is located in the Himalayas. Kedarnath is an Important pilgrimage of Uttarakhand as well as India , Million of visitor come here every year, one quotation which is say about Kedarnath, Kedarkhand by Lord Shri Kishna . “Swarg(Haven) jane ke liye yadi koi rasta hai to woo Kedarkhand mai Kedarnath hai “.So lot of people come to here visit Kedarnath .Kedarnath 3584m above sea level near the head of river Mandakini. Kedarnath is a popular destination for Hindu pilgrims from all over the world
History of Kedarnath:
Kedarnath and its temple exist from the Mahabharata Era when the Pandavas are supposed to have pleased Lord Shiva by doing penance there.Kedarnath is rebuild by Adi Shankracharya.This temple is build by Pandvas in Treta yug, When Pandvas was last age of their life they come on Kedarnath for sight of Lord Shiva , but Lord Shiva did not want to sight Padavas so Lord Shiva Left Kedarnath, After that pandavas make Five Templae in Kedarkhand , also known as Panch Kedar , Kedarnath is first one of panch kedar. Kedarnath (Bhagaven Kedar Kedarnath in the face part of Lord Kedar).
Geo Location Of Kedarnath:
Kedarnath is located at 30°44′N 79°04′E / 30.73°N 79.07°E / 30.73; 79.07. It has an average elevation of 3,553 meters (11,657 feet). Located in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. Near By Gorikund and Ukhimath.
How To Reach Kedarnath
You can reach Kedarnath by two way first is By foot for a steep 14 km trek through a paved path (horses or palanquins are available for rent) from Gaurikund, which is connected by road from Rishikesh, Haridwar, Dehradun and other known hill stations of Garhwal and Kumaon regions in Uttarakhand. Second by air Through air travel. KEDAR DARSHAN is a decent helicopter service operating from Gupt Kashi , Patha ,and Agustmuni .
Best Time to Travel :
The temple opens on Akshaya Tritiya (April end or first week of May) and closes on Bhai Duj (October end or 1st week of November) due to heavy snowfall and extreme cold weather during winter. You can come here in summer session, April to Augest is best for visit Kedarnath.During winter due to heavy snowfall, the Temple is closed and no one stays in Kedarnath. For six months (November to April) the Palki of Lord Kedarnath is transferred to a place Ukhimath.
Other Visiting Place Near Kedarnath:
In Kedarnath Udak Kund is located. It is written in Kedar Khand of Shiv Mahapuran that the water of Udak Kund is mixture of all the 5 Oceans and always remain fresh even when kept for many years. The holy water of Udak Kund is used for purification rituals. Hans Ku
nd, Bharo Nath, Navdurga Mandir, Shankaracharya Samadhi, Ishaneswar Mahadev Temple, Ret Kund, Panch Ganga Sangam,
Chaurwari Taal now known as Gandhi Sarowar, Bashuki Taal are also places to visit here.