The Story of Kedarnath
Kedarnath Dham is one of the most important holy shrines of Chardham Yatra. Nestled in the Rudraprayag district in Uttarakhand State, the holy town of Kedarnath lies close to the Mandakini River. It is renowned as one of the sacred abode of Lord Shiva, where one of the 12 Jyotirlingas lies.
The legendary significance of the Kedarnath temple dictates the historical chapter that opens up the story of Mahabharata wherein Pandavas after killing their cousin brothers, Kaurava, found themselves guilty and thus, remain incompetent to enter heaven. Onto the way of forgiveness, they looked for the Lord Shiva.
Lord Shiva evaded on account of considering the Pandavas guilty. In order to do so, Lord Shiva transformed himself in the form of a bull and grounded himself. According to the historical captions, different body parts of bull appeared at different places which are revered by the devotees as Panch Kedar. Kedarnath is renowned for having bull’s hump.
The temple opens for the pilgrims when sun enters the zodiac sign Aries i.e. during the months from April to November.