Kedarnath is a small town in the midhills of the Himalaya mountains in the state of Uttrakhand in north-western indias. It is a Hindu holy town and is one of the Himalaya Char Dham yatra. Kedarnath is located at about 3584 mtrs. above sea level and lies near to the head of river mandakini.It is flanked by many breathking peaks .If you arrive in the early or late season, you will most likely find yours path in the morning or evening to be frozen and slippery. then the the temple and houses are all under a pack of snow and the people around packed with many layers of clothes and all chiffering,sipping tea at the teashop next to the temple.Sadhus camp on the streets while trying to stay warm by burning locally found woods.
Kedarnath hosts one of the holliest hindu temples and is a ever most popular destination for hindu pilgrims and tourists from all over the world in a scenic spot at the origin of the river Mandakani, the shrine of Kedarnath is most venerated amongst the hindu pilgrimes.
Kedarnath is accessible by a 14 km trek through a hilly paved path (hourses or planquines are available for rent) from Gaurikund. Gourikund is a one day's travel by road from Rishikesh,Haridwar<Dehradun and other important hill stations in the Garwal and Kumaon regions of Uttrakhand.
At the 2001 India census, Kedarnath had a population of 479. There are a few small places en route from Gaurikund to Kedarnath, like Janglechatti, Rambara and Garurchatti, where you can rest a while or spend the night if the travel becomes too tiring, or if you wish to take it a bit slower and enjoy the magnificent surroundings. Just one kilometer before Rambara there is a high and beautiful cascading waterfall which crashes down the heights.
As one approaches from Gaurachatti,the Kedarnath temple is visble on advancing some 500 meters. with the background of towering white mountains mantled with snow,the temple present an enchanting sight.All around it is an aura of peace and purity Here,the unholy are said to became holy,holier still.
The temple is magnificient in its style and archietecture It is built on a morainic ridge jutting out at right angle from the snowing range.The present temple ,built in the 8th centuary by Adi Shankaracharya,stands adscent to the site of an earlier temple built by thr Pandavas. The inner walls of the assembly hall are decorated with figres of various deities and scenes from the indian methology.Outside the temple door a large statue of Nandi Bull stands as guard built of extremely large ,heavy and evenly cut grey slabs of stones. It evoked wonders as to how these heavy slabs had been handled in the earlier days.The temple has a Garbha Griha for worship and a mandap, opt for assemblies of pilgrims and visitors. A conical rock formation inside the temple is worships as Lord Shiva in his sadashiva form .
The place remains closed from November to April due to heavy weather while the temple is submerged under thick packs of snow.