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Chardham Yatra & Interesting Places nearby
Chardham yatra traditionally begins with Yamunotri and Gangotri and carry the holy waters from Yamuna and Ganga rivers and offer abhishekams to Kedareshwara. The traditional pilgrim route is Haridwar – Rishikesh – Deo Prayag – Tehri – Dharasu – Yamunotri – Uttar Kashi – Gangotri – Triyugnarayan – Gaurikund and Kedarnath. Alternatively, the route to Kedarnath from Rishikesh is via Deo Prayag, Srinagar, Rudra Prayag, Agastmuni, Gupt Kashi and Gaurikund. Near Kedarnath is the source of the river Mandakini. Mandakini joins Alakananda at Rudra Prayag.
Temples attached to Shri Kedarnath Temple
- Udak Kund, Kedarnath :All the Bathing water of Lord Kedarnath collects at this kund. The devotees receive this water as charanamrit.
- Devsthals at the parikrama of Kedarnath Temple :
– Maa Parvati, Ishaneshwar, Ganeshji, Nandishwar.
– Hansa Kund : This kund is important for Pind Daan and Tarpan.
– Retas Kund : Bubbles appear when a devotee shouts Har-Har Mahadev at this Kund.
– Shankaracharya Samadhi : Shankaracharya went into his samadhi here at an early age of 32 years.
– Bhairavnath : Is situated at half a km distance from Kedarnath Temple in a mountain. Bhairav is the main Gana of Lord Shiva is also Kshetrapal (Guard) of this region.
- Shri Vishwanath Temple, Guptkashi :
Guptkashi is known to be a place of hiding of Lord Shiva during the period when Shiva was unwilling to grant darshans to five Pandavas, who wanted emancipation from the curse of killing their own kinsmen in the epic battle of Mahabharat.
- Devsthalas situated Parikrama, Guptkashi :
a) Shri Ganeshji: It is essential for a devotee to visit Ganesh temple before visiting Vishwanath temple.
b) Ardhnareeshwar : The idol, half Lord Shiva and half Goddess Parvati.
c) Kund : This kund is made up of two streams, the Gaumukh and the Gajmukh.
- Usha Temple, Ukhimath (Ushamath):
Wedding of Usha (Daughter of Vanasur) and Anirudh (Grandson of Lord Krishna) was solemnized here.. King Mandhata penances Lord Shiva here. During winter the Utsav Doli of Lord Kedarnath is brought from Kedarnath to this place. Winter puja of Lord Kedarnath and year round puja of Lord Omkareshwar is performed here.
- Varahi Temple, Ukhimath : Idol of Maa Varahi is worshipped here.
- Madmaheshwar Temple :
One of five kedars, The confluence of Madmaheshwar Ganga and Markanga Ganga takes place at Gaundar just short of the temple. It is the place where lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of navel-shaped lingam.
- Mahakali Temple, Kalimath : 10 km from Guptkashi. The temple is surrounded by several smaller deities Mahalaxmi, Mahasaraswati, Gauri Shankar Mahadev and Bhairav.
- Mahasaraswati Temple, Kalimath :
- Mahalaxmi Temple, Kalimath :
11. Gaurimai temple, Gaurikund : 14 km trek to Kedarnath starts from this place. At this place Bhagwati Gauri (Parvati) penances Lord Shiva. A huge image of Maa Gauri is worshipped here. A warm water kund known as Tapt kund is situated here.
- Triyuginarayan temple, Triyuginarayan : 14 km from Sonprayag. Of special interest is the eternal fire, which according to legend never extinguishes. Kedarnath is 31 km from here.
- Devsthals situated at Parikrama, Triyuginarayan :
Saraswati Ganga – 4 streams out of this are – Brahma kund, Rudrakund, Vishnukund and Saraswatikund.
- Tungnath Temple, Tungnath : The arm of Shiva came out at this place as per Kedarnath myth. 32 km from Ukhimath is one of Panch Kedar.
- Tungnath Temple, Makkumath :Winter puja of Tungnath is performed at Makkumath. It is situated at 45 kms from Ukhimath.
- Kalishila, Kalimath : 4 km from Kalimath. Maa Kali originated here in the form of huge shila (stone), hence the name Kalishila.
The confluence of Son Ganga and Mandakini rivers.
6 km. At 4135 mtr. above sea level, this lake is extraordinary, surrounded by high mountains and offering an excellent view of the Chaukhamba peaks.
18 kms form Rudraprayag, on the banks of river Mandakini, this is the place where Rishi Agastya meditated for years. Agasteshwar Mahadev temple present. For food and accommodation, a Forest Rest House and private hotels are available.
Chopta: Most picturesque spots in the Garhwal region. It provides a breathtaking view of Himalayan ranges surrounding it. Deoria Tal is beautiful lake a situated on the Chopta – Ukhimath motor road. In the early morning, the snow-capped peaks are clearly reflected on the lake waters. This lake also provides an excellent venue for angling, as well as bird watching.
The Kedar Massif
This is formed by the three major mountains – Kedar dome, Bharatekuntha is connected to Kedarnath to the East.