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Lesser known facts about tragedy-struck Kedarnath temple

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  • Jun 25, 2013, 10:02 AM IST
Lesser known facts about tragedy-struck Kedarnath temple
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During the flashfloods in Uttarakhand in the recent days, Kedarnath has been the worst hit region. Though, all the people stranded in Kedarnath have been evacuated, several people lost their lives in the valley.

 

It will take more than a year for the valley to get back to its daily life. Dailybhaskar.com brings you some lesser known facts about the Kedarnath Temple. Considered to be one of the most sacred pilgrimage centers of the country, Kedarnath temple is located in the lofty Himalayas.

 

Revered as one of the 12 Jyotirlingams, Kedarnath is a shrine steeped in antiquity, rich in legend and religious significance.

 

Kedarnath Yatra is part of Chota Char Dhams (four minor pilgrimage sites) for Hindus and the temple of Kedarnath is located in a nagar panchayat in Rudraprayag district. The other three Chota Char Dhams are Yamunotri, Gangotri and Badrinath. Badrinath is also a part of the major Char Dhams for Hindus. Kedarnath is located at about 3584 metres (11759 feet) above sea level. The town is located near the Chorabari Glacier, which forms the head of the Mandakini river. This closeness to the glacier also made it the worst hit due to the incessant rains which eventually led to the flash floods.

 

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    Lesser known facts about tragedy-struck Kedarnath temple

    Ujjain’s astrologer Pandit Manish Sharma says that according to the Koti Rudra of Shiv Puran, Vishnu’s avatar Nar Narayan used to worship Lord Shiva by making a temporary shivling. Lord Shiva was happy by his prayers and appeared in front of Nar Narayan and said that he will grant him a wish. Nar Narayan asked Lord Shiva to be placed there. Lord Shiva was happy with his wish and said that this place will be called ‘Kedar’ from now. 

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    According to Shiv Puran, the pilgrims, who will die in Kedarnath or on the way, will be absolved from their sins. 

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    Lesser known facts about tragedy-struck Kedarnath temple

    The pilgrims who drink the water of Kedarnath after they had offered prayers to Lord Shiva receive salvation. There is a high religious importance of the water of Kedarnath. 

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    Lesser known facts about tragedy-struck Kedarnath temple

    It is believed that Kedarnath has been named in honour of King Kedar, who ruled in the Satya Yuga. The land is around the temple is named Vrindavan in honour of King Kedar’s daughter. There’s also a legend that says this is the temple where the Pandavas finally found Lord Shiva in order to seek forgiveness for the sin of killing their cousins. The Kedarnath temple shrine is over 1000 years old.

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    Lesser known facts about tragedy-struck Kedarnath temple

    It is believed that Kedarnath has been named in honour of King Kedar, who ruled in the Satya Yuga. The land is around the temple is named Vrindavan in honour of King Kedar’s daughter. There’s also a legend that says this is the temple where the Pandavas finally found Lord Shiva in order to seek forgiveness for the sin of killing their cousins. The Kedarnath temple shrine is over 1000 years old.

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    Lesser known facts about tragedy-struck Kedarnath temple

    The temple opens on the occasion of Akshaya Tritiya which usually falls in April end or first week of May and closes on Bhai Duj. The temple is closed for six months because of heavy snowfall. Once winters begin, the statue of Shiva is carried down from Kedarnath to Ukhimath, and later reinstated at Kedarnath, in the first week of May.

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    Lesser known facts about tragedy-struck Kedarnath temple

    Pilgrims consider their trek to Kedarnath shrine ‘incomplete’ if they don’t visit Bhairon Temple which is close to Kedarnath. God Bhaironathji is ceremoniously worshipped at the opening and closing of Kedarnath in the temple.

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