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.
- 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.