14 kms. Trek From Gaurikund
Altitude: 3,581 mt.
Dedicated To: Lord Shiva
Built In: 8th Century AD
Kedarnath shrine, one of the 12 jyotirlings of Lord Shiva,
is a scenic spot situated, against the backdrop of the
majestic Kedarnath range. At an altitude of 3,581 mt it is a
14 km trek from Gaurikund.
Dedar is another name of Lord Shiva, the protector and the
destroyer. Shiva is considered the embodiment of all
passion-love, hatred, fear, death and mysticism which are
expressed through his various forms.
There are more than 200 shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva in
Chamoli district itself, the most important one is Kedarnath.
According to legend, the Pandavas after having won over the
Kauravas in the Kurukshetra war, felt guilty of having
been killed by their own brothers and sought the blessings of Lord
Shiva for redemption. He eluded them repeatedly and while
fleeing took refuge at Kedarnath in the form of a bull.
On being followed he dived into the ground, leaving his hump
on the surface. The remaining portions of Lord Shiva appeared
at four other place and worshipped there as his
The arms appeared at Tungnath, the face at Rudranath, the
belly at Madmaheshwar and his locks (hair) with head at
An imposing sight, standing in the middle of a wide plateau
surrounded by lofty snow covered peaks. The present temple,
bulk in 8th century A.D. by Adi Shankaracharya, Stands
adjacent to the site of an earlier temple built by the
Pandavas. The inner walls of the assembly hall are decorated
with figures of various deities and scenes from mythology.
Outside the temple door a large statue of the Nandi Bull
stands as guard.
Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the exquisitely architectured
Kedarnath temple considered to be more than 1000 years old.
Built of extremely large, heavy and evenly cut grey slabs of
stones, it evokes wonder as to how these heavy slabs had
been handled in the earlier days. The temple has a "Garbha
Griha" for worship and a Mandap, apt for assemblies of
pilgrims and visitors. A conical rock formation inside the
temple is worshipped as Lord Shiva in his Sadashiva form .
The Samadhi of Adi Guru Shankaracharya is located just
behind the Kedarnath temple. It is said that after
establishing four sacred Dhams in India, he went into his
samadhi at an early age of 32 years.
Chorabari (Gandhi Sarovar)
Only a km trek away from Kedarnath. Floating - ice on the
crystal clear waters of the lake fascinates the visitors.
Situated at a height of 4,150mt, the lake is surrounded by
high mountains and offers an excellent view of Chaukhamba
It is the base for a trek to Kedarnath and serves as a
road head. The village has a temple dedicated to Gauri and
hot water springs.
Situated at the confluence of Sone Ganga and Mandakini
rivers. The road to Trijuginarayan diverts from here.
According to legend, this was the place where the wedding of
Lord Shiva and Parvati was solemnized. In front of the Shiva
Temple is an eternal flame, which is said to be a witness to
the marriage. It can be reached by a 12 km drive from
Famous for the temples of Ardhnarishwar and Vishwanath.
Winter home of the deity at Kedarnath temple and the seat of
the Rawal of Kedarnath. Connected by bus services to
Rudraprayag and other major centres.
The temple of sage Agastya is the main attraction here.
Madmaheshwar, Tungnath, Rudranath and Kalpnath with
Kedarnath from the Panch Kedar, the five most important
temples of Lord Shiva in Garhwal Himalayas.
One of Panch Kedars, the temple of Madmaheshwar is located
at an altitude of 3,289 mt above sea-level, on the slope of
a ridge, 25 km northeast of Guptkashi. There is a motorable
road from Guptkashi to Kalimath.
The best statue of Har Gauri in India measuring over a metre
high is found in the Kali temple. The trek from Kalimath to
Madmaheshwar is distinguished by wild unparalleled scenic
beauty and engulfed by Chaukhamba, Kedarnath and Neelkanth
peaks. Gaundar at the confluence of Madmaheshwar Ganga and
Markanga Ganga, is the last settlement before one reaches
Madmaheshwar, the place where Lord Shiva is worshipped in
the form of belly.
The arms of Lord Shiva came out as per the Kedarnath myth at
Tungnath. He is worshipped here as one of the Panch Kedars.
Tungnath Temple at an altitude of 3,680 mt, is the highest
Shiva shrine among the Panch Kedars but the easiest to reach
from Chopta, the nearest roadhead.