Kedarnath Yatra from Haridwar and Delhi
Kedarnath Background & History
At Yamunotri & Gangotri, the pilgrims are cleansed body & soul and with having achieved purity in that sense, pilgrims to Sri Kedarnath becomes most rewarding.
It is also customary to worship Lord Shiva with water of Ganga, which pilgrims going from Gangotri as well take some there to Kedarnath. Kedarnath is the seat of Lord Shiva.
It is one of the twelve “Jyotirlingas” of Lord Shiva. Lying at an altitude of 3584 m at the head of river Mandakini, the shrine of Kedarnath is amongst the holiest pilgrimage for the Hindus.
It is no wonder that Adi Guru Shankaracharya – a great scholar & saint, chose to enshrine Lord Shiva in this land, where the unholy becomes oly and the holy becomes holier.
It is the place where Lord Shiva absolved Pandavas from the sin of killing their own cousins Kauravas in the battle of Kurukshetra.
At Kedarnath there are several Kunds (pools, tanks) that are known for their religious significans – shivkund, Retkund, hanskund, Udakkund, Rudhirkund are the most important.
HOW TO GET THERE
Airport: Jolly Grant Dehradun, 246 Kms.
Railhead: Rishikesh (299 Kms.), Kotdwar (260 Kms.)
Road: Approachable on foot (14 Kms.) from Gaurikund, which is connected by road 10 Rishikesh, Kotdwar, Dehradun, Haridwar and other important hill stations of Garhwal and kumaon region
Area: 3 Sq Kms.
Climate Summer: April-Aug. Cool during the day and cold at night.
Climate Winter: Sep. to Nov. cold during the day and chilly at night.
Rainfall: 1,475 mm.
Clothing: April to July: Light woollens
Clothing: Sep to Nov: Heavy woollens
Language: Hindi, Garhwali & English