of the twelve Joytilingas, Kedarnath
temple is situated at a height of 3583 mtrs
surrounded by lofty snow laden
peaks and large glacier in
the backdrop which is the source
of Mandakini river and its tributaries. It is believed that
Pandavas after killing their kith and
kin in the battle
Mahabharata followed Shiva in order to be blessed and absolved
them from sin. But unwilling Shiva fled to
Uttrakhand and lived incognito at
Guptakashi . On being traced at
Guptakashi by the Pandavas, Shiva took
shape of a Bull but Bhima recognized
him and bend down to catch him. Shiva
dived into the earth
and his back portion
(the hump) remained in the hands of
with determination of
Pandavas, Shiva exonerated
them from the sin.
is also said that Shiva’s head
appeared at Pashupatinath temple
at Kathmandu and other parts ( arms,
face,naval and hair) appeared at Tungnath, Rudranath, Madmaheshwar
and Kalpeshwar respectively. Last
four with Kedarnath are called Panch Kedar (5 Keadrs).
Rudrapryag on the confluence
of Alaknanada and Mandakini rivers is the base point to reach Kedarnath.
Rudraprayag can be approached from Rishikesh as well as from
kotdwara and Kathgodam. Badrinath and
bifurcate at Rudraprayag. Route
along with Mandakini river leads to Kedarnath.
The road passes through splendid view
of mountains and singing Mandakini to
Tilwara and further to Augustmuni. Road coming
from Tehri via Chirvata meets at Tilwara. Gupta Kashi is
a place where Lord Shiva hidden himself from Pandavas.