Kedarnath Temple

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Overview:

The Uttarakhand government recently decided to set up a high-level committee to probe allegations of a ₹ 1.25 billion scam in gold plating the sanctum sanctorum of the Kedarnath temple.

About Kedarnath Temple:

 

  • It is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva
  • Location: It is located at an height of 3,584 meters on the Garhwal Himalayan range near the Mandakini river, in the Rudraprayag District of Uttarakhand.
  • Kedarnath forms one of the four sites of the Chota Char Dham Pilgrimage circuit, and is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva in India.
  • Who build it? It is said that the Pandavas constructed the Kedarnath Temple which was later reconstructed by Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century A.D. 
  • Architecture:
    • It has exquisite architecture and is built of extremely large but evenly shaped grey stone slabs.
    • The stone slabs are interlocked with each other with the use of iron clamps.
    • No mortar has been used in the construction of the temple.
    • There is a conical rock structure inside the Kedarnath temple that is worshipped as the Sadashiva form of Shiva.
    • A “Garba Griha” for worship and a Mandap for pilgrims is placed inside the temple.

What is Chota Char Dham Yatra?

  • It refers to the journey up the mountains to four sacred temples in the North Indian state of Uttarakhand.
  • The four temples that comprise Chota Char Dham are Yamunotri Dham, Gangotri Dham, Badrinath Dham and Kedarnath Dham.

What are Jyotirlingas?

  •  A Jyotirlinga is a shrine where Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of a Jyotirlingam.
  • There are currently 12 main Jyotirlingas in India.
  • The 12 Jyotirlinga temples in India take the name of the presiding deity. Each considered a different manifestation of Lord Shiva
  • 12 Jyotirlingas in India are:
    • Somnath Jyotirlinga in Gir, Gujarat
    • Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga in Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh
    • Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh
    • Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh
    • Baidyanath Jyotirlinga in Deoghar, Jharkhand
    • Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga in Maharashtra
    • Ramanathaswamy Jyotirlinga in Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu
    • Nageshwar Jyotirlinga in Dwarka, Gujarat
    • Kashi Vishwanath Jyotirlinga in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
    • Trimbakeshwar Jyotirlinga in Nasik, Maharashtra
    • Kedarnath Jyotirlinga in Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand
    • Ghrishneshwar Jyotirlinga in Aurangabad, Maharashtra

 


Q) What are Jyotirlingas?

A Jyotirlinga is a shrine where Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of a Jyotirlingam. There are currently 12 main Jyotirlingas in India. The 12 Jyotirlinga temples in India take the name of the presiding deity. Each considered a different manifestation of Lord Shiva.

 

Source: High-Level Panel To Probe Alleged Scam In Gold Plating At Kedarnath Temple