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									Shri Kedarnath Dham - A renowned Hindu pilgrimage spot
Shri Kedarnath Dham - A renowned Hindu pilgrimage spot

                                   India is a land of many mythological stories
                                   and beliefs. Besides being home to many
                                   ancient cultures and foreign influences, it
                                   has always been a country visited by
                                   people who wish to get in touch with their
                                   inner self and who wish to experience
                                   spirituality on a different level

One such pilgrimage in India that is revered by Hindus is called the Shri
Kedarnath Dham which is located in Uttarakhand. According to legend, there are
four Dhams or ‘holy abodes’ in India of which the Shri Kedarnath Dham which
features in the epic Mahabharata is also one among them. This temple is
believed to be the seat of Shiva and is situated in the Garhwal Himalayan Range
at a grand height of 12000 feet.
                                       Pilgrims are allowed to go on a Kedarnath
                                       Tour only between the end of April to the
                                       beginning of November as the climatic
                                       conditions for the rest of the year make
                                       travel difficult.

                                       Undertaking a Kedarnath Yatra in one’s
                                       lifetime is believed to be important also
                                       because any prayer requests that are made
                                       at the Shri Kedarnath Dham are usually

Most pilgrims who go on a Kedarnath Tour usually visit other holy places and bring
some holy water from the rivers Yamuna and Ganga before offering them at the
temple. The Kedarnath Temple which enshrines the Jyotirlingam of Shiva was built in
the 8th century AD by Adi Shankaracharya. In fact this temple lies adjacent to a
temple that was built by the Pandavas who are often considered the heroes of the
epic Mahabharata. Tourists will be amazed at the many mythological scenes and
other deity carvings that feature in the temple.
                                           The temple itself is a fantastic example
                                           of early architecture as it was built out of
                                           heavy slabs of grey colour stones. One
                                           of the main attractions of the Shri
                                           Kedarnath Dham is that pilgrims can sit
                                           in the temple Mandap and spend time
                                           praying and reflecting in silence.

                                           As a part of the Kedarnath Tour
                                           package, tourists also get to visit other
                                           places of interest at Kedarnath such as:

The Shankaracharya Samadhi which is located behind the Kedarnath temple and
which is a very revered place today.

- Trijuginarayan which is believed to be the exact place where the wedding of
Shiva and his wife Parvathi was solemnized. A flame that is always burning is
another attraction of this. Temple.
It is not unusual for tourists and pilgrims who visit Shri Kedarnath Dham to also visit
other holy sites such as Haridwar and Badrinath with Kedarnath being the last stop
on most Kedarnath Yatra packages. A trip to this beautiful spot not only uplifts the
senses but also uplifts one’s soul as well.

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