Char Dham Yatra: Panch Kedar
Panch Kedar on Char Dham Yatra route are the holy Shrine of Hindus dedicated to Lord Shiva by Pandavas, Heroes of epic Mahabharata. Pandavas came to Himalayas in search Lord Shiva after winning battle of Mahabharata against Kauravsas in which they killed there cousin bother Karan, the son Surya devta which they didn’t knew and wanted to get rid of this. Panch Kedar lies in Char Dham Yatra circuit which is visited by hindu pilgrims
Five Panch Kedar of Lord Shiva
1. Kedarnath Temple
Kedarnath Temple the main attraction of Kedarnath valley, is one of the twelve Jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva. Kedarnath Temple located on the bank of Mandakini River and Saraswati River below Chorabari Glacier at a height of 3,553 m (11,657 ft) above sea. Kedarnath Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva with Nandi on was constructed by Pandavs after Mahabharata war were they killed there own brother Karna, unknowingly that he was their brother. To reach Kedarnath temple pilgrims have to trek 16 Km from Gauri Kund and helicopters are also available from Sonprayag base camp and Dehradun.
2. Tungnath Temple
Tungnath Temple located at an altitude of 3,680 m (12,073 ft) above sea level is second panch kedar of Char Dham Yatra route is temple of Lord Shiva on highest altitude in world. Tungnath Temple also known as on behalf of Goddess Parvati “Shail Putri” means “daughter of hills” was built by Pandavas on advice of Vyas Rishi. Tungnath Temple lies below Chandrashila peak at a trek of 4 Km from Chopta in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand.
3. Rudranath Temple
Rudranath Temple of Lord Shiva where he is worshipped as “Nilkanth Mahadeva”, is third panch kedar located near Gopeshwar in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand at height of 3,600 m (11,800 ft) above sea level. Rudranath Temple on Char Dham Yatra route was built by Pandavas to impress Lord Shiva, and it can be reached by 24 Km trek from Sagar village or Mandal village.
4. Madhyamaheshwar Kedar
Madhyamaheshwar Temple is the fourth panch Kedar, located in Mansoona village of Uttarakhand at an altitude of 3,497 m (11,473 ft). Madhyamaheshwar panch kedar was built by Pandavas the heroes of Mahabharata in search of Lord Shiva on advice of Lord Krishna for unknowingly their brother Kauravas. Madhyamaheshwar temple is visited by pilgrims on Char Dham Yatra route.
5. Kalpeshwar Kedar
Kalpeshwar Temple is the fifth panch Kedar, located on the bank of Kalp Ganga River in Urgam Valley near Dhyan Badri Temple at an elevation of 2,200 m (7,218 ft) above sea level. Kalpeshwar Kedar Temple on the Choti Char Dham Yatra circuit can be reached by 3 Km trekking from Helang Chatti, Chamoli-Joshimath Road. Kalpeshwar Kedar Dham is dedicated to “Jata of Lord Shiva” who is also known as Jatadhar and Jateshwar. Pandav from Mahabharata also came to Kalpeshwar dham in search of Lord Shiva for there mistake of killing own brother Karna by Arjuna, the second of Pandavs.
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