The ancient temple of Kedamath was constructed by Pandavas. This is one among Dwadasha Jyotirlinga. In outer area of temple, the statues of Godess Parvati, Pandva, Godess Lakshmi etc are situated. Hanskund is situated near to Kedarnth temple where Shradha-Tarpan is use to perform for Moksha of Pitra (the ancestors). Amritkund is situated behind the Kedarnath temple and Retas kund is situated at little distance from temple. The lake of cold water (ice) is located very near to temple which is the origin of river Mandakini. Uddandkund is situated at a few distances from temple which has a great importance in history.
History of KedarnathAfter the war of Kurukshetra, the Pandvas set out on a yatra to Varanasi in order to be blessed by Lord Shiva and be absolved from the sin of killing their own brothers-the kauravas. Lord Shiva, unwilling to give darshan to the Pandvas, fled from Kashi to Uttrakhand and lived in Guptakashi.
On being detected by the Pandvas, Shiva went ot Kedarnath, but the Pandavas followed him. He assumed the form of a bull and started grazing amongst the cattle, but even then could not escape detection by the Pandavas, At dust, when it was time for the cattle to return home, Bhim (of gigantic stature, great courage and strength) stretched his legs across the mountains (standing on either side of the Kedamath Valley) in order to identify Shiva. All the cattle passed under his legs except Shiva, whom Bhim noticed. As Bhim bent down to catch hold of him, Shiva sank into the earth and only his back portion (the hump) was taken in Bhim's hand. Shiva being pleased with the determination of the Pandavas, exonerated them from their sin, gave them darshan and requested them to worship his hump. It is from that date the hump of Shiva worshipped in the Temple of Sri Kedarnath-in the conical Shiva pinda form.
Geographic Details of KedarnathAltitude: 3584mts
Trek: 14 kms. (Ponies & palanquins available)
ClimateIn summers: Cool during day and cold at night.
In winters: Very cold, about to touching sub zero
Clothing requiredApril to July - Light woolen.
September to November - Heavy woolens
Distance ChartRishikesh to Haridwar - 24 kms
Rishikesh to Deoprayag - 70 kms
Deoprayag to Srinagar - 33 kms
Srinagar to Rudraprayag- 36 kms
Rudraprayag to Syalsur - 22 kms
Syalsur to Kund - 9 kms
Kund to Guptakashi - 12 kms
Guptakashi to Gaurikund - 19 kms
Gaurikund to Kedarnath- 14 kms