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Kedarnath Temple - Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand, (276 Shiva Sthalangal)

Kedarnath is devoted to Shiva, the lord. It is situated in the Garhwal Himalayan range near the Kedarnath Mandakini River.This is one of the 276 Petra Sthalams of the Thevara Paadal. Kedarnath is a temple of Jyotirlinga and forms part of the Chota Char Dham circuit as well. The vigrahas (deities) from Kedarnath temple are carried to Ukhimath during the winters and worshipped for six months there.Lord Shiva is worshipped as Kedarnath, the Kedar Khand Lord, the region’s historical name. The temple is on the shores of the Mandakini River at an altitude of 3,583 m (11,755 ft), 223 km from Rishikesh.

It is said that by doing penance in Kedarnath, Pandavas had to satisfy Shiva. The temple is one of the four main sites in the Northern Himalayan Chota Char Dham Pilgrimage of India. Among the 12 Jyotirlingas, this temple is the largest.

The Pandavas killed their relatives during the Mahabharata war, according to Hindu tradition, to absolve themselves of this sin; the Pandavas undertook a pilgrimage.

But in the Himalayas, Lord Vishweshwara was away in Kailasa.The Pandavas left Kashi upon discovering this. Through Haridwar, they reached the Himalayas. From a distance, they saw Lord Shankara trying to hide from them.

Then Dharmaraj said, ‘Oh, Lord, since we have sinned, you have concealed it from our eyes.

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