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Kedarnath Temple

Kedarnath Temple

Kedarnath Temple

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Kedarnath Temple

Kedarnath Temple is the most revered shrine of Hindu deity Lord Shiva. The present Kedarnath Mandir was built in 8th century A.D. by Adi Shankaracharya and it is adjacent to the site of an earlier temple built by the Pandavas. Adi Shankaracharya built and restored the glory of Kedarnath Temple as one of 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. The Kedarnath Temple is dated more than 1200 years old.

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Kedarnath Temple – A Wonder Architecture

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 is considered to be more than 1000 years old.

Built of extremely large, heavy and evenly cut gray slabs of stones, the temple of Kedarnath evokes wonder as to how these heavy slabs had been handled in the earlier days. The Kedar 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.

Kedarnath Temple Holistic Rehabilitation

After the Kedarnath Flood in 2013, Kedarnath Temple complex is holistically constructed and rehabilitated in a beautiful way. Although main Kedarnath temple structure is stable, Kedarnath redevelopment includes broader pathways for pilgrims, new guest houses, housing for Pujaris and pilgrims, Bathing Ghats construction, Helipads etc.

Pooja Performed in Kedarnath Temple

The head priest of Kedarnath Temple is known as Rawal, belongs to Veerashaiva community from Karnataka. All the rituals and Pujas perform by Pujaris at Kedarnath on the directions given by Rawal. Devotees can perform special pujas at Kedarnath Temple (online too). Some of Pujas need presence of devotees and some pujas could be book online and no physical presence of devotees needed.

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Besides its affiliation with Shiva, Kedarnath is also believed to be the site of Shankaracharya’s samadhi (achievement of beatified afterlife).

Aarti Timings in Kedarnath : The daily pooja rituals at the Kedarnath temple start early morning, around 4.00 am with Maha Abhishek and end at around 7.00 pm with the Shyan aarti. The temple opens for darshan for the general public around 6 am and there is an afternoon recess between 3-5 pm. The public timing for darshan at Kedarnath temple ends at 7.00 pm.

Kedarnath Temple Opening and Closing Timings

Kedarnath Temple darshan timings is schedule as Rawal and other committee members decides. Temple is closed from 3 pm to 5 pm so plan to be at temple before 3 pm. Before 3 pm visitors can touch idle and do Abhishek with Ghee. After 5 PM no one can touch idle but can get Darshan with a distance. At this time idle is in Emperor costume.

The temple at Kedarnath enshrining the Jyotirlingam of Shiva opens only six months of a year (April-November) when the sun enters the zodiac sign of Aries and it is closed when the sun enters Scorpio.

Opening and Closing Date of Kedarnath Temple

Management of Kedarnath Temple

Earlier, under The Uttar Pradesh Act No. 30/1948 the administration of Kedarnath was included in the Badrinath Temple Act no. 16, 1939 and it came to be called Shri Badrinath and Shri Kedarnath Mandir Act. The same Mandir Samiti (committee) governed both the temples. Further amended in 2002 after the formation of the 27th state of union of India, the act provides provisions of increasing the number of members, one vice chairman and adding Government officials to the committee. Now Uttarakahand Char Dham Devasthanam Board formed on 15 January 2020 governed all temples including Kedarnath & Badrinath.

Uttarakahand Char Dham Devasthanam Management Board
Phone : +91-7060728843 

About Kedarnath Dham Temple

Kedarnath Dham is famous pilgrimage for Lord Shiva devotees. Located on the banks of Mandakini river, Kedarnath is visited by millions of pilgrims every year. Kedarnath Temple could be reach via 18 kms trek from Gaurikund or by Helicopter from Phata. Watch Kedarnath video here and plan your trip to visit Kedarnath Dham
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Who is the main poojari of kedharnath Mandir


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Is there any specific timing to trek or once can start trekking anytime?

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Reply to  Nagender

Yes, there is a specific timing for the starting of trek in the morning. Trek time start from 04:00 am.

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At what time does it ends?

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Reply to  nagender

Pilgrims are not allowed to start trek after 01:00 pm.

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I would be reaching Gaurikund at around 5pm. Can I start trekking around 8?

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lalit malik

how to reach Kedarnath Temple from Rishikesh Bus stand

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Reply to  lalit malik

Hi, There are two ways to travel Kedarnath, either by hiring taxi or by bus. You have to book in advance to avoid huge rush during May-June. There is centralized rotational bus service from Rishikesh and tickets are available from Chardham Bus Ticket Counters.

For a comfortable ride and easy yatra you can also take a budget package for Kedarnath such as

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