Sri Kedarnath Dham
Kedarnath is a Hindu holy town located in the Himalayas, about 3584m above sea level near the head of river Mandakini , and is flanked by breathtaking snow-capped peaks. Kedarnath hosts one of the holiest Hindu temples, the Kedarnath Temple, and is a popular destination for Hindu pilgrims from all over the world, being one of the four major sites in India's Char Dham pilgrimage. Due to extreme weather conditions, the temple is open only between the end of April to Kartik Purnima (the autumn full moon).
Kedarnath is named after King Kedar who ruled in the Satya Yuga. He ruled the seven continents and was a very saintly king. He had a daughter named Vrinda who was a partial incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi. The temple itself is quite an exquisite example of stone work. Houses the lingam, a symbol of the Hindu God Shiva. The temple is located among astonishing mountain landscape surrounded by peaks that are over 6000 m in elevation.
Guptkashi, an ideal stopover place for the devotees travelling to Kedarnath, is famous for the Ardhanareeshwar and Viswanath temples. According to the Hindu Mythology, it is believed that Lord Shiva hid at this place for some time.
Viswanath temple, located within this destination is among the several incarnations of Lord Shiva. In addition, the temple reflects the architectural style and design of the bygone eras. Ardhanareeshwar, on the other hand, is a divine concept that depicts the idol in the form of half man and half woman. The Ardhanareeshwar temple portrays Lord Shiva in the form of half male and half female. In addition, there are two streams of water located in the temple, which symbolises the two holy rivers, Ganges and Yamuna. Tourists can also see the image of Nandi bull, guarding the entrance of this temple.