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Kedarnath Mandir dedicates himself to god Shiva. It is near the Mandakini River in Kedarnath on the Garhwal Himalayan range. Kedarnath is a temple of Jyotirlinga, and is also part of the Chota Char Dham chain. The vigrahas (deities) from the temple of Kedarnath are carried to Ukhimath during the winters and adorned there for six months. King Shiva is worshipped as the ‘King of Kedar Khand’ Kedarnath
T is said to have delighted Shiva with Pandavas doing penance at Kedarnath. The temple is one of the four main sites in the Northern Himalayan Chota Char Dham Pilgrimage of India. This temple is the largest of the 12 Jyotirlingas.
According to Hindu tradition, the Pandavas killed their relatives during the Mahabharata war; to absolve themselves .
The Pandavas had left Kashi on discovering this. They entered through Haridwar into the Himalayas. From a distance they saw Lord Shankara who was trying to hide from them. Then Dharmaraj said: “Oh, Lord, for we have sinned, you have hidden from our sight.Still, somehow, we’ll check You out. Only after we take your Darshan would our sins be washed away. This place you’ve been hiding will be named Guptakashi
The Pandavas went ahead from Guptakashi (Rudraprayag), until they reached Gaurikund in the valleys of the Himalayas. There they wandered looking for Lord Shankara. In doing so, Nakul and Sahadev discovered a buffalo that was exclusive to see.
Then Bheema and his mace went after buffalo. The buffalo was smart and can not be caught by Bheema. But Bheema managed to get his mace to reach the buffalo.
A JyotirLinga appeared on this hand part of Mahesha and from this light came Lord shankara. By having Lord Shankar’s Darshan, the Pandavas were released from their sins. The Lord told the Pandavas, “As a triangular shaped JyotirLinga I will stay here from now on. Devotees will attain piety by taking a Kedarnath Darshan.
In Garbhagriha of the t is adorned a triangular shaped rock
The top of the mountain where the Pandavas went to Swarga is known as “Swargarohini,” in Badrinath. When Darmaraja left for Swarga, one of his fingers dropped upon the ground.
Dharmaraj built a Shiva Linga at that place which is the thumb size. Shankara and Bheema had fought with maces to win Mashisharupa. Bheema was overcome with guilt.
He began by massaging the body of Lord Shankara with ghee. Still today this triangular Shiva Jyotirlina is massaged with ghee in memory of this incident. The Leaves of Water and Bel are used for worship.
When Nara-Narayan went to the village of Badrika and resumed Parthiva’s worship, Shiva appeared before them. Nara-Narayan wished that Shiva should remain in his original fo for the good of mankind