Panch Kedar is the holy yatra to the five temples of Lord Shiva in the Garhwal Himalayas. They are the Kedarnath, Madmaheshwar, Tungnath, Rudranath and Kalpeshwar Temples
According to legends, the Pandavas came Kedarnath to ask forgiveness from lord Shiva after the battle of Mahabharata. Lord Shiva eluded them repeatedly and while fleeing took refuge here in the form of a bull.
On being followed, he dived into the ground leaving behind his hump on the surface. This hump is worshipped at the Kedarnath temple.
Lord Shiva's arms are believed to have appeared at Tungnath , face at Rudranath , navel at Madyamaheshwar and head at Kalpeshwar Temple. These all five shrines together make the Panch Kedar.
The temple opens every year in the month of ( April - May ) depending upon the climatic conditions and closes gate in the third week of November.
Kedarnath in the west to Kalpeshwar in the east, this Panch Kedar yatra can be completed in a 10 - 12 days long trek. Kedarnath is the starting point of the Panch Kedar Yatra then comes the Madyamaheshwar, Tungnath, Kalpeshwar and Rudranath in the end.
Tungnath is at the highest of all the Panch Prayags and easy to reach while Rudranath is the most difficult and Kalpeshwar the most easiest to access of them all.
The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, which is about 270 km and Rishikesh is the nearest railway station at a distance of 247 km from Gaurikund. you have to take a 13kms long trek Gaurikund to reach the holy site of Kedarnath Temple. The panch kedar yatra starts at Kedarath.
Light Woolen and cotton in summer and heavy woollens in winter are advisable. The summer season extends from March to September. The winter season is from September to February.
Heavy snowfall during winters and landslides during rainy season can disrupt your visit during the Yatra so the summer season from May to June is the ideal time to make this holy Panch Kedar Yatra.
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