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Shri Kedarnath ji (3rd January 2016) : The Kedarnath temple got closed in the month of November after declaration of the date by the temple committee. Every year the temple opens in the month of April or May and closes in November. This year also the temple shall open in the month of April 2016 or May 2016 after astrological calculations. During winters the temple is shifted to Onkareshwar temple in Ukhimath, where the Lord Shiva is worshipped. Kedarnath temple is one of the Char Dhams of Uttarakhand and the others are Badrinath, Yamunotri and Gangotri. The Kedarnath temple is in the district Rudrprayag of Uttrakhand. The altitude of the temple is at 3583 mtr. from sea level. One can feel the fresh and cold air of the surrounding with tall mountains surrounding the place. The place gives you a feeling of holiness and it is said that even a sinner becomes holier on touching this land of Lord Shiva.

The exact origin of the construction of this temple has yet not been established. The temple has been built by the use of big grey stones and it is assumed that construction might have taken place around thousand years back. Few stones of the temple bear Pali or Brahmic scripts, which have yet not been deciphered. Some references indicate that the King Bhoj got this temple built along with many other temples during his reign. The exact origin can only be traced after the scripts are properly deciphered.   

The temple can be divided into two sections : Garbh griha and Mandapam

Garb griha is the centre of the temple consisting of conical stone encircled by a pradakshina path, which is worshipped as Lord Shiva.

Mandapam is the portion in front of the Shiva, where Nandi, the divine bull has been established. Surrounding main temple there are several other idols and associated temples.

Kedarnath is also associated with Panch Kedar, which means five Lord Shivas at different places in Kedar valley. The other four Shivas are located at Madmaheshwar, Tungnath, Rudranath and Kalpeshwar.

From Delhi the shortest route is via Rishikesh as follows:

Delhi to Rishikesh : 225 km

Rishikesh to Kedarnath : 204 km by road and 22 km trek.

The helicopter services can also be used from places near Guptakashi.

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 The Char Dhams of Uttarakhand