Shri Kedarnath Temple Uttarakhand | Kedarnath history of Panch Kedar

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Shri Kedarnath Temple Uttarakhand

Shri Kedarnath Temple Uttarakhand is in the bank of the river Mandakini at Kedarnath of Rudraprayag district, Uttarakhand.

The presiding deity of this temple is Lord Shiva in the form of Shri Kedarnath Swamy. This famous Hindu temple is in the Garhwal Himalayan range.

Further, scroll down to know Kedarnath history of Panch Kedar.

Shri Kedarnath Temple Uttarakhand

Kedarnath History of Panch Kedar

Lord Shiva resides here on the request of the 2 incarnations of Lord Vishnu namely Nar and Narayan.

After the Kurukshetra war, the Pandava brothers were advised to visit Lord Shiva by Vyasya Sage.

Because to ask the forgiveness from Lord Shiva in order to remove the sin of killing their relative in the war of Kurukshetra. Whereas, Lord Shiva was not at all ready to accept them and give forgiveness at Kashi.

Lord Shiva then turned in the form of a Nandi and hide in Guptakashi, on the arrival of Pandava brothers.

Kedarnath history of Panch Kedar

However, the brothers of Pandavas were in search of Lord Shiva and reach Guptakashi.

In that event, Lord Shiva disappears by sinking the head into the ground. While one of the brothers of Pandava tries to pull the head and wants him to offer forgiveness for them by grabbing the tail and hind legs of the bull.

But Lord Shiva suddenly vanished from there into the deep caves.

Later, the parts of the body appear in 5 different places which are called Panch Kedar. Because of the word, Pancha means “5” in Sanskrit.

From those 5 places, Shri Kedarnath Temple Uttarakhand is the one in which the hump of Nandi appears.

However,  the other body parts like

  • The face appears at Rudranath
  • Stomach and naval appear at Madhyamaheswar
  • Arms appear at Tunganath
  • Locks of hair appear at Kalpeshwar

Another Legend of Shri Kedarnath Temple Uttarakhand

While some of them believe that this place is the origin of the holy river Ganga.

Because according to legend, this is the place where Lord Shiva releases the Holy Ganga river from the locks of his hair.

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