Kedarnath Temple Uttarakhand – Mahashivratri Puja for the First Time in History at Kedarnath 2015

Kedarnath temple is one of the holiest Hindu temples of Lord Shiva. For the first time in history, Mahashivratri puja was performed in Kedarnath temple at Kedarnath Uttarakhand in 2015. Mahashivratri festival 2015 was on Tuesday, 17 February 2015.

Nandi Bull at Kedarnath Temple
Nandi Bull at Kedarnath Temple

Kedarnath temple doors are still closed which will open on 24 April. Mahashivratri puja was performed in Kedarnath by Nehru Institute of Mountaineering and Uttarakhand Police Force.  They also did Puja of the big rock behind the Kedarnath temple, due to which Kedarnath temple was secured in flash flood of 2013. Due to 2013 Flash flood disaster, Nehru Institute of Mountaineering team is in Kedarnath for renovation process.

Mahashivratri is one of the greatest Hindu festival of Lord Shiva. People worships and honours Lord Shiva on the day of Mahashivratri. On the day of Mahashivratri, Lord Shiva married to Maa Parvati.

Kedarnath Temple :

Kedarnath temple is on the Garhwal Himalayan range near Mandakini River in Kedarnath Uttarakhand. The temple is open only between the end of April (Akshaya Tritriya) to Kartik Purnima (the autumn full moon, usually November). During the winters, the vigrahas (deities) from Kedarnath temple are brought to Ukhimath and worshiped there for six months. Lord Shiva is worshiped as Kedarnath. A triangular shaped rock is worshiped in Garbhagriha of the temple.

Inside the Kedarnath temple
Inside the Kedarnath temple

Kedarnath Temple Opening Time : April to November ( Akshay Tritiya to Kartik Purnima)

The unstable temple is not directly accessible by road and has to be reached by a 14 Km uphill trek from Gaurikund. Pony and manchan service is available to reach the structure.

The first hall inside Kedarnath Temple contains statues of the five Pandava brothers, Lord Krishna, Nandi, the vehicle of Shiva and Virabhadra, one of the guards of Shiva. Statue of Draupadi and other deities are also installed in the main hall.

Kedarnath Temple History :

The temple was built by Pandavas and revived by Adi Sankaracharya and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, the holiest Hindu shrines of Shiva. Pandavas were supposed to have pleased Shiva by doing penance in Kedarnath. The temple is one of the four major sites in India’s Chota Char Dham pilgrimage of Northern Himalayas.

Char Dham in India
Char Dham in India

During the Mahabharatha war, the Pandavas killed their relatives; to absolve themselves of this sin, the Pandavas undertook a pilgrimage. But Lord Vishweshwara was away in Kailasa in the Himalayas. On learning this, the Pandavas left Kashi. They reached the Himalayas via Haridwar. They saw Lord Shankara from a distance. But Lord Shankara hid from them. From Guptakashi (Rudraprayag), the Pandavas went ahead till they reached Gaurikund in the Himalayas valleys. They wandered there in search of Lord Shankara. While doing so Nakul and Sahadev found a buffalo which was unique to look at.

On this rear part of Mahesha, a JyotirLinga appeared and Lord Shankara appeared from this light. By getting a Darshan of Lord Shankar, the pandavas were absolved of their sins. The Lord told the Pandavas, “From now on, I will remain here as a triangular shaped JyotirLinga. By taking a Darshan of Kedarnath, devotees would attain piety”.

The Kedarnath valley, along with other parts of the state of Uttarakhand, was hit with first-time flash floods on 16 and 17 June in 2013. On 16 June, at about 7:30 p.m. a landslide and mudslides occurred near Kedarnath Temple with loud peals of thunder.

In 2015, Kedarnath temple doors will be opened 24 April 2015.

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