This is a Shiva-focused Hindu temple. In the Indian state of Uttarakhand, next to the Mandakini river, the temple is situated on the Garhwal Himalayan range.
The temple is only accessible to the general public from April (Akshaya Tritiya) to November due to severe weather conditions (Kartik Purnima, the autumn full moon). The vigraha (deity) of the temple is transported to Ukhimath during the winter and worshipped there for the following six months. According to legend, Kedarnath is a unified manifestation of Shiva, also known as the “Lord of Kedarkhand,” the former name of the area.
When flash floods hit North India in 2013, Kedarnath was the region that was most severely impacted. Kedarnath town, the surrounding countryside, and the temple complex all sustained significant damage, but the temple was unharmed.
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DIRECTIONS TO KEDARNATH
Uttarakhand is the state where Kedarnath is situated. From the base Gaurikund, one can travel there via road. It is connected to a few airports and railroad connections. How to get to Kedarnath is as follows:
Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, which is around 239 kilometres from Kedarnath and has regular flights to Delhi, is the closest domestic airport. From the Dehradun airport to Kedarnath, taxis are available. Delhi has the closest international airport.
The closest railhead is 221 kilometres distant at Rishikesh. At the railway station, pre-paid cab services are offered for roughly Rs 3,000. To get to Kedarnath, one must drive 207 kilometres and walk the final 14 km.
Visitors can board regular buses from Rishikesh and Kotdwar to Kedarnath. Private taxis can also be hired from these places. The National Highway from Delhi to Mana (538 km) remains open throughout the year. Kedarnath is also accessible by foot from GauriKund, which is connected by state buses to Rishikesh, Dehradun, Kotdwara, and Haridwar. The bus fares vary depending on the season.