Kedarnath Dham: One of the Hindu Char Dham Yatra (Kedarnath) is famous for the Kedarnath Temple of Lord Shiva. Located in the northern states of Uttarakhand, every year many devotees visit this temple to see Lord Shiva. However, due to extreme cold, this temple is opened to the general public only in the months of April and November. It is situated at the height of the Garhwal Himalayan range near the Mandakini River. This holy temple was built by the Pandavas of Mahabharata, later it was rebuilt by Adi Guru Shankaracharya in the 8th century AD. Apart from this, there are more interesting facts about Kedarnath, which will surprise you.
- The temple is protected by Bhairon Nathji, the fiery avatar of Lord Shiva.
It is believed that the Kedarnath temple is guarded by Bhairon Nath Ji, who is considered to be the fiery avatar of Lord Shiva. The temple of Bhairo Nath is located near the main temple of Kedarnath. Also known as Kshatrapala, his avatar is known for destruction and hence he is considered the Protector of the temple. who keeps away any kind of evil from the temple and does devotion. It is also believed that people visiting the Kedarnath temple must also visit the temple of Bhairon Baba.
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2.The priests here belong to a particular community of Karnataka
The ritual of the temple is not performed by any priest. Rather, a particular community has its own members to worship in the temple. However, the chief priests inside the temple do not perform the rituals. The head priest, who is called Rawal and belongs to the Veera Shaiva Jangam community of Karnataka and can only delegate responsibilities here to his subordinates.
- All the rituals of the temple are performed in Kannada language.
The temple has five chief priests and each of them performs their duties in rotational innings. Interestingly, all the rituals of Kedarnath temple are performed only in Kannada language, one of the Indian languages. This tradition is being followed since old times. Also, there has been no change in the way rituals have been performed for hundreds of years, because it has a huge historical value.
- Made of strong and heavy stones
Situated at an elevation of 3583 meters, this temple is a splendid example of superb engineering and architecture. The great temple of Kedarnath at amazing places like the Himalayas was constructed using huge slabs of stone and built on a rectangular platform. Which was about 6 feet high. The builders built this Han architecture using a technique called interlocking. The amazing fact is that the walls of the Kedarnath temple are said to be about 12 feet thick.
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If you have not visited the Kedarnath temple yet, then let us tell you that on the inner walls of the temple the figures of various mythological deities have been engraved, which will enchant you. Due to its design, this temple can avoid any disaster. Like it happened during the big disaster like the flood of 2013.