24 March, 2016

Idols worshiped at Kedarnath and Kedarnath during winters


The idols worshiped at Kedarnath

Winter abode for Kedarnath idols

People / Swamis / yogis who stay over in Kedarnath during winters



This article is about Kedarnath and is the third in the series of four articles


The chardham circuit in the Himalaya is open for six months from May to November and closed during winters

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For commercial reasons the government of Uttarakahand is promoting the winter Chardham yatra


There is a lot of misconception regarding this, people think that the main idols of temples are shifted to their winter abode, but this is not so.


There is also a lot of misconception regarding the People / Swamis / yogis who stay over in the chardham’s during winters when the respective chardham towns are abandoned, they are considered to be special and highly elevated spiritually again this is not so


This article is based on my own personal experiences and the first-hand information that I have collected as I travelled to these places and stayed there for a long period of time 



kedarnath


Kedarnath temple







Me at Kedarnath with the famous Nandi in the background







Shiv Shilla is a huge stone which is worshiped at Kedarnath








The temple faces South (approximate)


On the eastern side of the town on top of a hill is the Kal Bhairav temple guardian deity of Kedarnath









Town of Kedarnath in 2010; totally destroyed except the temple in 2013
















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From Rudraprayag to Kedarnath

The town of Rudraprayag is one of the Panch Prayag (five confluences) of Alaknanda River, the point of confluence of rivers Alaknanda and Mandakini


From here one can proceed to Badrinath as well as Kedarnath


On the way to Kedarnath from Rudraprayag  I visited the following ancient temples--Koteshwar Mahadev cave temple, Ukimath, Kalimath (where worship of Shree Yantra is carried out), vishwanath temple at Guptkashi, Nala temple and the triyuginarayan temple it is believed that the Gods married here when they walked on Earth and the eternal fire is still kept burning here which is a witness to the marriage of the Gods. People collect the ashes from the fire to achieve marital bliss or with the hope to solve bad karma  regarding matrimony

Koteshwar Mahadev cave temple on the bank of river Mandakani







Kalimath



Shree Yantra at Kalimath



Vishwanath temple at Guptkashi



Triyuginarayan temple



Can you see the white smoke coming out; this is smoke from the eternal fire 





Winter abode for Kedarnath idols


shiv shilla cannot be moved anywhere, during winters some panchdhatu (five metal combination) idols which are kept with the chief priest are moved down to the Omkareshwar temple in Ukhimath (Okhimath) one of them is the Bhog Murti (this idol has to be offered food daily)



Palanquin (doli) in which idols are carried to their winter abode and back























People who stay in Kedarnath during winters


No one stays over in Kedarnath in winters and it is completely abandoned


Visiting  Kedarnath in winters


All the chardhams in Uttarakhand are abandoned in winter, the temples sealed.


But there are a few people who visit these places in winter, some do it to experience the peace and tranquillity and absorb the spiritual vibrations when no one is around others do it as an expedition as one has to travel over snow covered roads.


Special permission IS required to visit Kedarnath


The old trek route started from Gaurikund to Kedarnath via Rambara, a total treking distance of 14 kms  after this route was destroyed in 2013  after that the trek was from Sonprayag to Kedarnath- Total 24 Kms which required two night halts. From 2015 new trekking route starts from Gaurikund to Rambara (7 km), then to Limchuli (5 km), Limchuli to Kedarnath (3 km), Total distance 15 km.
Never attempt this trek in winters without a local guide


Feel free to ask me any further questions and I recommend staying over for a few days in each dham. I always travel after monsoons when there is no rush and rates are less  


Kedarnath temple in future will be shifted


There is a prophecy that in the time to come the present day Kedarnath will be destroyed, the new temple will be at Joshimath.


A Swayambhu (self-manifested or that which is created by its own accord ) Shiv Shilla is currently in the process of formation at Bhavishya Kedar Temple in Joshimath


The Swayambhu (self-manifested or that which is created by its own accord ) Shiv Shilla at Bhavishya Kedar Temple in Joshimath




Very old photos of Kedarnath temple—year 1882







Old road to Kedarnath in 1882



1962 photo




Old photo year 1882 of Ukhimath temple which is the winter abode of Kedarnath idol






6 comments:

  1. We four are going to Kedarnath dham on September 2016. Will you please tell me from where can we get our bio metric ID and can we have our medical checkup? Is it now a one day trek? Or do we need to stop somewhere within the route? Thanking you in advance.

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    1. sorry, i have not visited kedarnath after 2013 so i do not have this information, now it is a 2 day trek
      wish you all the best

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  2. Hi bhoj,
    I plan to visit Kedarnath around last week of March 2017. Have you been there in march anytime.? Any guess what would it be like.

    Cheers
    Om

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    1. no i have never visited any of the dhams after their closing dates in winter

      it is said that ancient men of wisdom established this system to abandon these places in winter and hence once must not break this tradition

      people who have gone there in march have experienced heavy snow conditions and the path is certainly dangerous to trek

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  3. We plan to visit during second week of June Kedarnath. Please let me know Pooja items that can be taken like, honey, sugar balls, dry fruits etc

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    1. in Kedarnath you are allowed to sit next to the Shivshilla and offer your puja, local pundits will also approch you
      i do not have the list of articles required, take as per your own feeling
      you can accept rains in mid june

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