Kedarnath yatra is very popular among Sanatani pilgrimage. Every Sanatani has a dream of visiting Kedarnath Dham in his life. If you plan the Kedarnath Dham yatra this year, you need to know the Best Time To Visit Kedarnath Temple and some important knowledge to visit. Read this article to learn!
We have 12 Jyotirlingas in India (Jyotirlinga means ‘pillar of light’), and out of all of them, one Jyotirlinga is in the Kedarnath temple located in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand, close to the source of the Mandakini River. It is also the most renowned temple among the Panch Kedar.
Panch Kedar is a group of five Lord Shiva temples located in the Garhwal Himalayan region in Uttarakhand, India.
Panch Kedar Temples Name
- Kedarnath Temple
- Tungnath Temple
- Rudranath Temple
- Madhyamaheshwar Temple
- Kalpeshwar Temple
History Behind Of Kedarnath Temple
This temple is located in Rudraprayag Uttarakhand at the height of 3583m (11755 ft)above sea level, close to the source of the Mandakini River. The distance between Rishikesh and Kedarnath temple is 223 km, and the temple’s history has many stories associated with it.
Kedarnath Temple finds its earliest mention in the Skanda Purana, which dates back to the 7th and 8th centuries. As per the Skanda Purana, Kedara is where Lord Shiva unbinds the Holy Ganga from his matted hair, known as “Jata” in Hindi.
After Mahabharata, Pandavas built a lord shiva temple, Hindu Guru ADI Sankaracharya rebuilt that temple in the 8th century.
According to mythology, Pandavas wanted to go to lord shiva for forgiveness after killing their Kaurav brothers. But lord shiva doesn’t want to meet them. That’s why lord shiva hid in Guptkashi.
Pandavas and Draupadi spotted a bull horde in Guptkashi. They spotted a bull; this bull was a very unique bull from the others. And Pandav’s brother Bheem identified this unique bull is none other than Lord Shiva himself. Bheme attempted to capture the bull but was unsuccessful; he grabbed hold of the bull’s tail.
Lord Shiva disappeared from Guptkashi and reappeared in five different places. Now, these places are known as panch Kedar.
- These are hump at Kedarnath,
- Face at Rudranath,
- Arms at Tungnath,
- Navel, and stomach at Madhyamaheshwar
- Hair locks (Jata) at Kalpeshwar.
Opening and Closing Date of Kedarnath Temple In 2023
Kedarnath Temple’s opening date and time are determined based on auspicious days in the Hindu calendar, with astrologers and priests making the decision. The temple is closed for six months during winter due to snow and inaccessibility. The opening date is announced during the celebration of Maha Shivaratri. Normally, Akshaya Tritiya is an auspicious day in the Hindu calendar for opening the temple. Priests decide the opening date of the Kedarnath shrine in Ukhimath’s Omkareshwar Temple after the calculation of Panchang. This year, According to the calculations, the doors of the holy temple will be opened on (25 April 2023 at 06:20 am) with a special Pooja in the temple.
Kedarnath Temple’s closing date is fixed. After two days of Diwali, Bhai Dooj is the day of the closing day of the Kedarnath temple. We are celebrating Diwali this year on 12 November and 14 November on the day of the temple closing for the next six months of winter.
Online and Offline registration
Char Dham registration is a compulsory document for everyone planning to visit.
If you plan to visit Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri, any place to visit in this list, you need to register yourself at https://registrationandtouristcare.uk.gov.in/. and if you are not able to register online, Uttarakhand Gov also gives you an offline option to register yourself.
Char Dham Yatra registration started on 20 February, and last year’s daily registration limit was 13,000 in Kedarnath Temple.
Ways Of Registration
- Online Web Portal (https://registrationandtouristcare.uk.gov.in/)
- Mobile Application (Char Dham Yatra & Uttarakhand)
- Physically visit at location (Yatri Mitra)
- Only physically; being visited through scanning for a “QR Code” on an allotted wristband or mobile app or downloading a “Yatra Registration Letter” from the website.
Best Time To Visit Kedarnath
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Well, it all depends on what you like and want to do during your visit to the Kedarnath Temple. This holy temple is nestled in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, India, and to the source of the Mandakini River at a whopping height of approximately 3,581 meters (11,755 feet) above sea level. This temple is open from April to November for visitors, and May to June is the peak time of the season for visitors.
If you want to enjoy a peaceful atmosphere and avoid the crowds for meditation to connect with Lord Shiva, then the best time to visit Kedarnath temple is April to May or September to November. The weather is usually pretty nice from April to May, with clear skies and cool temps. But if you’re planning to trek from September to November, be prepared for some extra challenges ‘coz you might have to deal with snow and slush on the trails.
May to June is the best time to visit Kedarnath Temple to see nature and clear weather during your trek. During this time you get lovely nature and clear skies. The temple was adorned with flowers and garlands then, but due to the high volume of tourists who visit during this time, the temple and its surrounding area can become very congested.
How To Reach Kedarnath Temple
By Air: Jolly Grant Airpot is the nearest airport to Kedarnath Temple. It is located in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. You get daily flights from Delhi to Jolly Grant Airport. After reaching the airport, you must go to Gaurikund, approximately 238km from the airport. You have to go to Gaurikund by road. Taxis and local transport are easily available from Jolly Grant Airport to Gaurikund, and you will start your trek to Kedarnath temple from Gaurikund, which is around 16km.
By Rail: Rishikesh railway station, located 216 km before Kedarnath on NH 58, is the nearest railway station to Kedarnath and is well-connected to major destinations throughout India. First, go to Rishikesh railway station and book a pre-paid taxi for Gaurikund, which is approximately 3000 INR. Pre-paid taxis and local transport are easily available at the railway station. Travel 207 km from Rishikesh Railway station to Gaurikund by road and start your 16 km trek.
By Road: Gaurikund is the endpoint of the road leading to Kedarnath and is the starting point for an easy 16km trek. The town enjoys excellent connectivity via well-maintained motorable roads to major destinations in Uttarakhand and northern India. Travelers can avail of buses from the ISBT Kashmiri Gate to Rishikesh and Srinagar. Buses and taxis are easily accessible from prominent locations within Uttarakhand, such as Dehradun, Rishikesh, Haridwar, Pauri, Tehri, Uttarkashi, Srinagar, and Chamoli. National Highway 109, connecting Rudraprayag to Kedarnath, passes through Gaurikund.
Nearest Places To Visit in Kedarnath Temple
- Vasuki Tal Lake in Kedarnath Temple. This is a 24 Km trek from Gaurikund and an 8 km trek from Kedarnath Temple.
- Triyuginarayan Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is 15 km From Kedarnath Temple.
- Chopta: Mini Switzerland Of Uttarakhand 85 km from Kedarnath Temple. You can easily reach there by road from Gaurikund.
- Tungnath Temple is at the highest altitude, Lord Shiva Temple. It is 88 km from Kedarnath temple and 3km from Chopta.
- Chandrashila Trek; I will highly suggest this trek. It is one of the best treks to Kedarnath Temple. You can see a 360-degree view of the Himalayas. This trek is 90 km from Kedarnath temple, 2km from Tungnath Temple, and 5km From Chopta.