Kedarnath and Badrinath, Amazing and Magical Places to Visit. You will definitely love it.
Kedarnath is one among the twelve jyotirlingas of Shiva and Badrinath shrine is one of the 108 Divya Desams of Lord Vishnu. Kedarnath and Badrinath are two Divine Dham and most important Hindu's pilgrimage sites. Kedarnath is situated in Himalayas near Mandakini River, this beautiful town has splendid snow-capped mountains at the backdrop. In Hinduism, the trinity of God has much significance where the Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh have been personified in the form of creator, preserver and destroyer respectively. Kedarnath and Badrinath are extremely popular with tourists seeking spiritual salvation.It is said that the person who takes a trip to Badrinath, without Kedarnath their journey is sterilized and deity of Nara-Narayan wished that, for the welfare of the humanity.
1. Kedarnath : Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva
Kedarnath is a small town situated in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. Kedarnath temple is one of the sacred pilgrimage of Hindus. It is a part of Char Dhams and Panch Kedar in Uttarakhand and is one among the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva in India. Swyambhu Shivling located in the temple is immemorial. Kedarnath temple has a long history. According to the legends, it was originally built by the Pandavas during the Mahabharata times. the Lord Shiva has made the promise to Pandavas that Lord Shiva will stay in this place in the form of a triangular shaped JyotirLinga and anyone who takes a Darshan of Kedarnath would be absolved of their sins and would attain piety.
Kedarnath temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is open only for a limited period of time between the end of April (Akshaya Tritriya) and Kartik Purnima (the autumn full moon, usually November) due to extreme weather conditions. The deities (vigrahas) of the temple in winter are shifted to Ukhimath where they are kept and worshipped for six months. Lord Shiva is the 'Lord of Kedarnath' or 'Lord of Kedar Khand.'The current temple was said to have been built in the eighth century A.D., and visited by Sri Adi Shankaracharya. It is also one of the highest Hindu temples, located at a height of 11,755 ft
A sad tragedy was happened in the year 2013 due to the natural disaster near Kedarnath temple. According to the story which was circulated by the unknown sources is that Kedarnath tragedy happened because the authorities moved the statue of the goddess from one place to another place to perform some repairs to the temple.
In the tragedy the people who died were mostly ardent devotees. Kedarnath was hit by a massive natural calamity. Sadly, a major part of the town of Kedarnath was destroyed during the floods; the temple was not strongly hit. Footages reveal that a big rock behind the temple diverted the massive floods of water coming towards the shrine.
Places to see in Kedarnath
Kedarnath Temple, Shankaracharya Samadhi, Chorabari (Gandhi Sarovar), Guptkashi, Bhairav Nath Temple, Sonprayag, Vasuki Tal, Chopta,Chandrashila, Agastyamuni, Ukhimath, Triyuginarayan, Deoria Tal, Gaurikund.
How to Reach Kedarnath
Kedarnath is one of the four pilgrimage spots which are a part of Chota Char Dham Spiritual Circuit. It is not motorable though, but the faith of devotees overlooks this barrier. All buses or taxis only reach to Gaurikund and from there people has to trek around 14 kms to offer prayers in Kedarnath Temple. The way is steep, People thinking to walk should have ample time at hand and a stick. There is also other options to reach temple such as horse ride, Duli ( Going on another persons shoulder/head), Helicopters (Helipads are there at Phata,Sersi etc)
Rishikesh Railway station is the nearest railway station from Kedarnath. This railway station is well connected to major cities and towns of the country. Devotees can hire a taxi from the station or board a bus from nearest bus station to reach Gaurikund
Gaurikund is the nearest motorable area from Kedarnath. There are inter and intra state bus services that runs around it. These buses connects the vicinity with Tehri, Pauri, Rishikesh, Dehradun, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Uttarkashi, Chamoli,Srinagar, Haridwar and many other destinations. Gaurikund is situated in NH 109. From Haridwar every day morning buses start to Gaurikund. It takes almost one full day journey to reach Gaurikund. It is around 240 kms of ghat road journey with many mountains around and river Ganges following you through out the way.
Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport from Kedarnath situated at a distance of 238 km. The airport is connected to Delhi, Bangalore, Lucknow, Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram. It is connected to Gaurikund through buses and taxis.
2. Badrinath: Lord Badrinarayan cast in black "Shaligram" stone
Badrinath is a Hindu holy town and a nagar panchayat in Chamoli district in the state of Uttarakhand. Badrinath Located between the two mountains Nar and Narayan, Badrinath Dham is a majestic sight as well as the the most important of all the Char Dhams.Badrinath is in the Garhwal hills, on the banks of the Alaknanda River, at an elevation of 3133 m. The holy shrine here is the Badrinath Temple dedicated to Hindu god Vishnu.There are many sacred spots of pilgrimage in the heavens, earth and the nether world, but there has been none equal to Badri, nor shall there be. May to November will be ideal time to go Badrinath.
The main attraction of Badrinath Dham is the one meter tall statue of Vishnu in the form of Lord Badrinarayan which is cast in black "Shaligram" stone. The statue is known to be one of the eight self-manifested statues of Vishnu and is securely placed under a Badri Tree which has a gold canopy. There are two natural hot water springs in the pilgrimage center - Tapt Kund and Surya Kund.
The waters at these springs have a temperature which remains constant at 55 °C throughout the year. It is believed that taking a bath in these springs purifies the mind, body and soul. Bathing is generally done before entering the temple.Though there is no historical record as such, According to a local myth, the word badri is derived from the wild berry that Lord Vishnu survived on during his reparation at Badri Van.
Places to see in Badrinath
Panch Badris (Vishal Badri, Yogathyan Badri, Bhavishya Badri, Preetha Badri and Adi Badri), Village Mana - Vyas Gufa, Valley of Flowers, Lok-Pal Hemkund, Vasuki Tal, Mata Murti Mandir, Joshimath, Pandukeshwar
How to Reach Badrinath
Rishikesh (297 km) and Kotdwar (327 km) Railway station is the nearest railway station from Badrinath. This railway station is well connected to major cities and towns of the country. Devotees can hire a taxi from the station or board a bus from nearest bus station to reach Badrinath
There are regular buses operating to Badrinath from Delhi, Haridwar and Rishikesh.
The nearest airport is that of Jolly Grant, which is about 317 km from Badrinath.Devotees can hire a taxi from the station or board a bus from nearest bus station to reach Badrinath