Kedarnath Temple is framed by the snow-capped peaks of the Indian Himalayas and dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Hindu god of creation and destruction. It dates back to the 8th century and is one of twelve devotional "jyotirlingas" located throughout India. It welcomes a constant stream of Hindu pilgrims, as well as visitors wanting to learn about the fascinating Hindu faith.
Hindu legend says the temple was built by the Pandavas, the five sons of the ancient king of Hastinapur. It sits over 3,500 metres above sea level and commands panoramic mountain views. Over the centuries it has survived earthquakes, floods and invasions.
The temple features intricate stone carvings and welcomes visitors with an ornate doorway painted in vibrant colours. Inside you can gaze up at towering images of Lord Shiva and Parvati, the Hindu goddess of love, fertility and devotion. Kedarnath also offers scenic hikes to green pastures and glacier lakes.
Kedarnath Temple is in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Access to the temple is via an 18-kilometre trail that starts in Gaurikund, a small village located 200 kilometres from Rishikesh. You can walk the trail on foot or commission a pony.
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