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Kedarnath - Overview

Kedarnath is a Hindu holy town located in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is a nagar panchayat in Rudraprayag district. The most remote of the four Char Dham sites, Kedarnath is 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.
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. She performed austerities for 60000 years. Because of her, the land is named Vrindavan.
Kedarnath is one of the most sacrosanct pilgrim spots of north India, flocked by people from all corners of the world. Besides its religious significance, it is also visited by those who love to conquer the rough terrain of Garhwal. Lapped in the green hills of the Himalayas, the serene atmosphere here, with its cool and gentle breeze, offers an ideal tourist retreat.

Kedarnath is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of India. The temple located here is built in a magnificent style and architecture. It is built on a morainic ridge jutting out at right angles from the snowy range. The original temple built by Adi Shankaracharya, stands adjacent to the site of an earlier temple built by the Pandavas. Rituals at Kedarnath are not supervised by any specific family of pujaris. The lingam rests in the inner sanctum of the temple.

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