Panch Kedar Yatra of Uttarakhand is very famous among Lord Shiva Devotees. In simple words this Journey is totally dedicated to Lord Shiva, Devon Ke Dev Mahadev. Panch is a Sanskrit term which means Five, Kedar is one of the names of Lord Shiva and Yatra is a Hindi term which means journey. So it is basically all about visiting 5 pious places of Lord Shiva in Uttarakhand. We all go for the journeys but do we know why is their importance and from where they have been started?
Today we are talking about Panch Kedar Yatra, so we will discuss everything about this holy journey and the importance of this yatra in an individual’s life.
“The Panch Kedar Yatra has its own story which belongs to Pandavs the heroes of Hindu Epic Mahabharata of Dwapar Era of Hindu Religion. The Legend has it that the Pandavas came to the Himalayan mountains in search of god Shiva, to redeem them of the sins of killing in the epic Kurukshetra war. God Shiva did not want to meet them and left in form of a bull in the ground and reentered in parts in the Panch Kedar places: the hump raising in Kedarnath, the arms appearing in Tunganath, the navel and stomach surfacing in Madhyamaheswar, the face showing up at Rudranath and the hair and the head appearing in Kalpeshwar.”
(According to Wikipedia)
So the Five Temples are: Kedarnath, Tungnath, Rudranath, Madhmaheswar, and Kalpeshwar
And the path which we generally follow to reach our each and every destination is:
Delhi – Haridwar – Rudraprayag – Kedarnath – Guptkashi – Gaundhar – Madhmaheshwar – Ukhimath – Tungnath – Chopta – Panargupha – Rudranath – Dumuk – Kalpeshwar – Rudraprayag – Rishikesh – Delhi
Here we will talk about each and every Dhams in detail:
This temple is situated in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand at the elevation of 3,583 m (11,755 ft). This temple is one of the Chardhams of Uttarakhand and one of 12 Jyotirlingams of India. People believe that when you visit this temple your all desires will come true and you will get a peace of mind which is priceless. The beauty of the place can be defined as a place surrounded by high hills covered with snow and on the other side, the Mandakini River is blowing. Nature itself is creating its own story.
There is no any strong evidence how this temple was built as there are so many stories related to this temple. The English Phrase “Too many cooks spoil the broth” fits perfect for this situation. Some say Raja Bhoj of Malwa, who ruled between 1076 to 1099 AD, built the temple while another theory is that the temple was built in the eighth century by Adi Shankaracharya. There is also a legend that Pandavas built a temple behind the Kedarnath Shrine in the Hindu Dwapar era.
God knows what the truth behind that is but the temple has its own glory and accreditation. Kedarnath Dham is very famous among all Hindu people. 1000s of people every year come to visit Kedarnath Dham for Darshan of Lord Shiva.
Rudranath Temple is situated in Garhwal, Uttarakhand at the elevation of 3,600 meters (11,800 ft) above sea level. This is the third temple to be visited for your Panch Kedar Yatra of Garhwal Himalayas. Kedarnath and Tungnath is the first and second destination accordingly. The trek to Rudranath Dham is quite difficult which passes through Anusuya Devi Temple with an approximate distance of 24 km. There are so many sacred water tanks near the Rudranath Temple such as: Surya-kund, Chandra-kund, Tara-kund, Mana-Kund etc. During your visit to Rudranath Dham you will be able to watch s few of very famous Himalayan Peaks such as: Nanda Devi, Trishul and Nanda Ghunti are the famous mountain peaks, which provide the foreground to the temple. The holy river Vaitarni or Baitarni flows near the temple, and it is famous as “river of salvation”, where souls of the dead cross to reach the other world. Thats why people performs the rituals of Pind Daan here, as it has also been said if you offer the pind to your ancestors here equals offering a hundred million at the holy city of Gaya. The cave is modified in to the temple by us what we see today, as it was a natural cave.
The temple named Madhyamaheshwar or Madhmaheshwar is located in the Masoona village of Garhwal in Uttarakhand. It situated at the elevation of 3,497 m (11,473.1 ft) above sea level. This is considered as the forth destination to your Panch Kedar Yatra of Garhwal Himalayas, Uttarakhand. The temple is situated in a green valley surrounded with high snow mountain peaks of Chaukhamba, Neel kanth and Kedarnath. The temple is open for its Devotees from summers to October/November. The Shiva Lingam of this temple is of naval shaped black stone which donates the navel and stomach of Lord Shiva. There is a small temple of Maa Saraswati on the right of the temple which is made of marble is installed in the sanctum. Madhyamaheshwar idol is worhsipped at Ukhimath during winter months.
Kalpeshwar Dham Temple is situated at the elevation of 2,200 m (7,217.8 ft) above sea level in the picturesque Urgam valley of Garhwal in Uttarakhand. This is the 4th destination to your Panch Kedar Yatra after that the last destination would be Tungnath Dham. The Urgam Valley is full of thick forest, apple orchards and terraced fields could be seen.
Tungnath Temple is situated in Rudraprayag District of Uttarakhand at the elevation of 3,680 m (12,073 ft) above sea level. It is believed that the temple is 5000 years old and the second destination of your Panch Kedar Yatra. The meaning of Tungnath is Lord of the Peaks, the way to Tungnath Temple passes through Mandakini and Alaknanda River valleys.
The Tungnath Temple is the highest temple of Lord Shiva in the World. From here you can get the view of Nanda Devi, Panch Chuli, Banderpoonch, Kedarnath, Chaukhamba and Neelkanth on one side and the Garhwal valley on the opposite side. Tungnath is also a very famous trekking destination for adventure lovers. During the winter the temple is closed and the symbolic image of the deity is moved to Mukkumath, 19km away from the current destination.
There is a lot to know more about these beautiful and majestic Pilgrimage destinations but for witnessing the real spirituality you will have to book a tour to Panch Kedar Yatra, as it is impossible to explain the feelings which can only be witnessed by going there. For any information related to Panch Kedar Yatra Tour Package, you can contact us by clicking on the link or simply call us at +91-9837907506.
Have a happy and safe Journey, all the very Best!