|Kedarnath satellite view (courtesy: Wikimapia.org)|
The Kedarnath Valley was a paradise a week before the destruction on the ground.
Though Kedarnath is a shrine but many people do come here for tourism.
Kedarnath is situated in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. It is 3584 meters above sea level and comes under Garhwal region of the Himalayan Mountains.
Kedarnath is one of the most holy places for Hindus and is considered one of the four pilgrimages. High revered religious texts mentioned in the twelve Jyotirlingas are located there.
“Mandakini” River flows near the temple itself. During the summer a large number of tourists and pilgrims come to the shrine.
Temple is 1,000 years old and is based on a big quadrangle tablets made from stone.
One can see the Pali inscriptions on the stairs leading to the “Garbhgriha”.
Situated at an altitude of 3584 meters above sea level, Kedarnath is the most difficult to reach out of four pilgrimages.
|Shiva Temple (Image Courtesy: hindustantimes.com)|
The temple is open during the summer only for 6 months. It is closed in winter. Due to the heavy snowfall in the region the area around is covered with snow cover.
The famous Hindu saint “Adi Shankaracharya” is known for spreading the awareness about “Advaita Vedanta” across the country. After establishing the four pilgrimages around 32 years of age, he took Samadhi at this place.
Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath situated in Uttarakhand state are the known “Char Dham”.
All these places of pilgrimage are in the lap of Himalaya and in terms of religious tourism their importance increases too much.
Yamunotri in Uttarkashi district in the west of the Himalaya is the first stop of Char Dham Yatra.
Char Dham pilgrims follow the order:
and finally Badrinath.
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