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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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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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