Kedarnath is another name in the list of holy cities in Uttarakhand. Kedarnath has its own importance among the hindu’s. It is one among the char dham prilgrimage. The main attraction is the Kedarnath Temple.
Kedarnath is the remote area located near Chorabari Glacier with an altitude of about 3,583 m (11,755 ft) from sea level near himalayas. The etymology of kedarnath relates with King Kedar, who is the ruler in Satya Yuga. It is believed that the place got its name in the honor of King Kedar. He has one daughter whose name is Vrinda.
She is partial incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi. Since the Kedarnath temple exists from the era of Mahabharta. It was believed that kedarnath is the perfect place to please Lord Shiva. Here people find the staute of shiva to be decapitated, where the head is believed to be in Doleshwor Mahadeva Temple in Bhaktapur, Nepal. Kedarnath suffered the massive destruction in 2013.
- Demographics as per 2001 census
- Kedarnath has a total population of 479
- Males constitue 98% and females 2%
- average literacy rate 63%
Excursions from Kedarnath
Kalimath temple basically relates with goddess Kali. It was believed that after killing the monster Raktbeej, Goddess Kali went underneath and that area is being covered with silver plate and that silver plate is opened only on the eighth day of navratri by the priest only who performs pooja in the midnight.
Kalimath is at a height of 1800 mtr, near the banks of Saraswati River in rudraprayag District. People also believes that the lower body of Goddess Kali is being worshipped here. Also there is a temple of Goddess Laxmi nearby Kalimath.
Phata is a small village located at 32 km. It is basically situated on Gopeshwar- Gaurikund road. This village is famous for providing pilgrims air services by the helicopter. Pilgrims also stay here at night, for rest, refreshments etc. Return Cost for phata-kedarnath is approx 8000 per person.
3. Vasuki tal:-
Vasuki tal is located at altitude of 14,200 feet above sea level in Kedarnath Dham. The etymology related with this place is believed as Lord Visnu has bathed in this lake during the occasion of Raksha Bandhan. Thus it is named after after Lord Vishnu. The pilgrims can spot the Brahma Kamal and other Himalayan flowers.
4. Gandhi Sarovar:-
Gandhi Sarovar is a small lake having crystal clear water. It is situated at the foots of city at 3,500 m from sea level on mount of Chorabari Bamak glacier. It is advisable to visit at morning as the climate at this region changes rapidly.
Sonprayag is the place on the confluence of two holy rivers Basuki and Mandakini. It is believed to have the most religious significance at the route of Kedarnath Dham. In Hindu mythology it is believed that bathing at prayag can lead to moksha.
It is located at the banks of Mandakini river. At an height of 650 m, this place offers the pilgrims the beauty of flowing river and is the best place for taking refreshments.