Kedarnath Temple, Kedarnath

Kedarnath Temple

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About Kedarnath Temple (Sanctuary)

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    • Not Allowed: Pets
    • Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 6.00 AM - 8.00 PM , Saturday: 6.00 AM - 8.00 PM , Sunday: 6.00 AM - 8.00 PM , Public Holidays: 6.00 AM - 8.00 PM

Kedarnath Temple, probably the most sacred Hindu shrine located in the great Himalayas, is believed to be constructed by Sankaracharya. Situated at the Garhwal region of Himalayas, this temple is one of the major Shiva temples in the country.

The temple contains one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva along with one of the Panch Kedars. Kedar is that form of Lord Shiva which embodies a passion of love, death, hatred, mysticism and fear by his several forms.

According to one of the popular beliefs, the temple has been constructed by the Pandavas. Tourists visiting the temple can see the statue of Nandi, the celestial bull of Lord Shiva placed at the threshold of the temple. In addition, the walls inside the temple are ornately carved with several images. The temple also contains a Shiva lingam, which is pyramidal in shape unlike its general form.

The statue of Lord Shiva is borne down from Garhwal to Ukhimath with the onset of winters in the month of November. This statue is then reinstated at this temple in the first week of May. During this period, the doors of this temple are opened for the pilgrims hailing from all over India to Kedarnath.

According to the mythology, the idol placed in the temple is identified with the rump of a bull. This is believed to be a disguise adopted by Lord Shiva so as to escape recognition by the Pandavas. The Pandavas were seeking repentance from him for killing their relatives in the battle of Kurukshetra. On pursuing him by the Pandavas, he dived into the ground and left behind a hump on the surface. This hump is also worshipped by the devotees at the shrine.

What travellers are saying about Kedarnath Temple

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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  More than 3hrs
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10 traveller reviews for Kedarnath Temple

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Raghav Sharma

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  • Raghav Sharma
  • Lives in Patiala
  • 2 photos
  • 1 Review
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  211 readers

"Awesome place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 26, 2016
Kedarnath Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Bhagwan Shiva.

The structure is believed to have been constructed in the 8th century when Adi Shankara visited.

Guys this place is like heaven.

Awesome place to watch.

Kindly go visit.

Very cold place.

The first hall inside Kedarnath Temple contains statues of the five Pandava brothers, Lord Krishna, Nandi, the vehicle of Shiva and Virabhadra, one of the guards of Shiva.
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Jagdish Raval

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  • Jagdish Raval
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 504 photos
  • 414 Reviews
  •  165 helpful votes
  •  232775 readers

"One of 12 JYOTIRLINGA on the top height"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 23, 2016
Kedarnath is temple of Lord Shiva and one of 12 Jyotirlinga. After heart attack in April, 2013, I decided to get blessing of 12 Jyotirlinga, 2nd time and from August, 2013 to April, 2014 visited 11 Jyotirlinga with Pashupatinath, Kathmandu but could not visit this holy place due to disaster of Kedarnath in 2013. From Phata HELICOPTER service is available and Helicopter takes only 8 minutes to cross 30 km walking distance from Phata to Kedarnath Temple. At last with mercy of Lord Shiva I got blessing of Lord Kedarnath and fulfill "SANKALP" of visiting 12 Jyotirlinga. I also got chance of Abhishek inside temple. DO VISIT.
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Varun Agarwal

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  • Varun Agarwal
  • Lives in Sikar
  • 1 Review
  •  442 readers

"Good to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 17, 2015
Good place for visiting and sunrise is best to see this place and the jyotirlinga is not only huge but also very beautiful.
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Sreenivasulu Badveli

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  • Sreenivasulu Badveli
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
  •  905 readers

"The temple in ruined"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 7, 2015
After seeing the Kedarnath temple I got very much worried and tears from my eyes with philosophical bent of mind. The god of destruction lord Shiva might have opened his third eye and simultaneously his wife Ganga mata also flown to cool him, but the his creation is very much damaged.
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Rahul Singh

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  • Rahul Singh
  • Lives in Lucknow
  • 6 Reviews
  •  36 helpful votes
  •  5200 readers

"Awesome Place to visit the temple"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Sep 4, 2014
Even after the various Mishappenings the temple is a place where I would like to visit whenever I get a chance. It was a very thrilling experience to visit such beautiful place with friends that even now I cannot believe myself that i ever had visited the place.
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Sumit Agarwal

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  • Sumit Agarwal
  • 1 Review
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  1119 readers

"Temple near hill and snow-covered mountains"

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted Aug 21, 2014
Kedarnath temple looks beautiful from outside but is below average from inside. Further it looks beautiful from far when we see it together with the hills and snow covered mountains.
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Gaurav Gupta

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  • Gaurav Gupta
  • Lives in Lucknow
  • 3 Reviews
  •  26 helpful votes
  •  3681 readers

"Biggest religious place for Hindus"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 20, 2014
It is a biggest religious place for Hindu, so I have faith in it, so loved to stay here. And I want to go there again.
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Aashu Kim

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  • Aashu Kim
  • 1 Review
  •  5 helpful votes
  •  1186 readers

"Kedarnath paradise on earth"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jul 20, 2014
It was a wonderful experience to visit Kedarnath Temple. Amazing mountains covered with snow was pretty. One should also visit the Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary, has it owns number of rare species.
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Ritesh  Kumar

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  • Ritesh Kumar
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  • Lives in Lucknow
  • 1 Review
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  1514 readers


  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 17, 2013
Kedarnath Temple is to be visited by devotee's only and not by fun seekers.
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Anil Garg

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  • Anil Garg
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  • Lives in Ludhiana
  • 5 Reviews
  •  10 helpful votes
  •  5431 readers

"Beautiful Temple"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Aug 21, 2013
Shri Kedarnath temple is beautiful and surrounded by glaciers. This is most loved site by Lord Shiva. Devotees who come here with religious mind are blessed by Lord shiva
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