Mandakini river fills in the cool mist and all around lie the majestically beautiful Himalayas covered with snow throughout the year. Situated in the Rudraprayag district of the Garhwal Himalayan range, this temple of Kedarnath is dedicated to one of the principal gods in Hinduism, Lord Shiva. As covid-19 lockdown is slowly ending all around the world and our country as well, many people must be searching for the best time to visit Kedarnath temple. For the same, here is the short guide for you to visit Kedarnath in 2020.
The Kedarnath mandir (temple) is considered as one of the most sacred Hindu temples in India. Kedarnath is regarded to be a part of the twelve holy Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. This place attracts thousands of tourists from India as well as abroad, is known for its natural beauty all around and the serene temple of Lord Shiva. All around this area are more than 200 shrines of Lord Shiva while Kedarnath stands out to be the most important one of all. Let’s find out what is the best time to visit Kedarnath temple, and how?
All around this area are more than 200 shrines of Lord Shiva while Kedarnath stands out to be the most important one of all. Let’s find out what is the best time to visit Kedarnath temple, and how?
History of Kedarnath Temple
Shri Adi Shankaracharya built the beautiful temple of present-day Kedarnath in the 8th century A.D. This temple stands almost adjacent to another temple which is said to be built by the Pandavas.
Inside the temple‘s walls of the assembly hall are decorated by various figures of mythological deities and important scenes. Right outside the temple stands the mighty guarding bull- Nandi.
The temple is more than 1000 years old, and it brings us to wonders about how the beautifully carved and evenly cut slabs of rocks and stone might have been managed back then. The conical rock inside the temple is considered to be the main deity and a divine incarnation of Lord Shiva.
The city where the temple is situated is named Kedarnath after the then King, named Kedar. His daughter was considered to be the partial incarnation of Goddess Parvathi.
The altitude of this temple is 3553 meters and opens from May to October between 6.30 am to 3.00 pm and 5.00 pm to 9.30 pm.
The Weather of Kedarnath
- Summer- As the temple lies at an altitude of 3553 meters, the weather out here is generally pleasant and cool. Hence, the summers of Kedarnath are pretty comfortable and is the apt time to go ahead and experience some divinity of the Lord Sadashiv.
The summer months of May to June experience a vast number of tourists, therefore. The temperature around this time is moderate and always pleasant, ranging between 17°C and 20°C.
- Monsoon- July, and August are the months of rain and hence there could be many chances of experiencing landslides, avalanches, and route blocks everywhere.
Therefore, tourists avoid travelling to Kedarnath during this period. The temperature also drops majorly and reaches around 12°C or 10°C.
- Winters- The winter months at Kedarnath are intensely cold and experience super heavy snowfall. The temple is closed, and no one remains inside.
From the months of November to April, the palki of Kedarnath is shifted to a place called Ukhimath which lies near Guptkashi.
After the temperature and the surrounding conditions become normal, the palki is shifted back to Kedarnath by May.
The Best Time to Visit Kedarnath
Considering all of the above-stated facts, early May, June, and September would be the best time to visit Kedarnath. You will be conveniently able to perform pooja and be able to see other nearby spots as well.
(Note- Always try to avoid the monsoons as they might cause a lot of hassle and trouble during your travel and can be life-threatening too.)
Places to Visit Near Kedarnath
This list of locations around and nearby Kedarnath are some essential places to see. Do pay them a visit if you see Kedarnath temple.
- Shankaracharya Samadhi – This extensively divine and serene place is just a few kilometres away from Kedarnath temple. It is among the hugely visited places by devotees of Shri Adi Shankaracharya as it is believed that he attained Moksha and took Samadhi here.
- Gaurikund – This place has a temple of Goddess Parvathi and is the trekking base of Kedarnath. It consists of many hot springs which are considered to contain many medicinal properties.
- Bhairavnath Mandir – This temple of Lord Bhairav or Bhairon is just a kilometre away from Kedarnath temple. This place is known for its spectacular scenic beauty and gives you a full view of the Kedarnath valley and temple. It is believed by many that Lord Bhairon protects the Kedarnath valley and the temple during the harsh winter months when the temple remains closed.
- Vasuki Tal – This a major trekking point for many tourists as it lies around 6 km away from the Kedarnath temple. This place offers you a dreamy and mesmerizing view of the Chaukhamba peaks all around.
- Gandhi Sarovar – Yet another waterbody which lies very close to Kedarnath. This is said to be a sacred spot too as it is believed that Yudhishthira or Dharmaraja, from the Pandavas in the Mahabharata, departed to heaven from here.
Kedarnath Yatra Packages
Mentioned below are some travel packages that will assist you with your Kedarnath Yatra:-
Frequently Asked Questions about Kedarnath Temple:
Is it safe to visit Kedarnath during monsoons?
Ans. July and August are the months of rain and hence there could be many chances of experiencing landslides, avalanches, and route blocks everywhere. Always try to avoid the monsoons as they might cause a lot of hassle and trouble during your travel and can be life-threatening too.