Kedarnath at an altitude of about 3584 metres is one of the famous twelve Jyotirlingas of Kedar or Lord Shiva and is considered to be one of the holiest pilgrimage site for Hindus. It is also one of the Char Dhams of Uttarakhand.Kedar is the other word for Lord Shiva which means highly powerful.Kedarnath is situated at the head of the Mandakini River with amazing mountainscape of the Garhwal Himalayas in its backdrop and the Keadardome peak at a far of distance. The Kedarnath shrine situated amidst the snow clad mountains is stunning with its beauty and simply captivating. There are number of shrines in and around Kedarnath along with a pictorial ambiance which attracts a lot of tourist crowd.
HISTORY : History says the story behind Kedarnath is that Lord Shiva killed the family members of Pandavas during the Kurukshetra war. But Lord Shiva regretted for his wrongdoing and wanted to elude from the Pandavas.So he took refuge in Kedarnath in the form of a bull but however he was identified by Bhima, one of the Pandava brothers who aggressively captured him by the hindquarters. Shiva dived into the ground leaving behind him a hump on the surface which is now worshipped as the idol. It is also said that the shrine in Kedarnath is supposed to be the hind part of the bull and the rest of the body is distributed in different directions.