Kedarnath Temple

“Take the journey to Kedarnath and celebrate the greatness of the Mahadeva, Lord Shiva”

Kedarnath, hidden in the lap of Himalayas is one of the paramount holy sites in India. The Shiva temple is a prominent destination in Kedarnath for Lord Shiva devotees. The breath taking view of Kedarnath adds charm to the religious shrine of Lord Shiva. Spiritual importance and natural beauty that this place holds is unmatchable. Pilgrims from all across the globe embark the journey to Kedarnath Dham to find solace and peace.

About Kedarnath Temple

Lord Shiva is worshipped as “Lord of Kedarkhand” at the sacred temple of Kedarnath. Every year devotees from all around the world flock the temple for Lord Shiva’s blessings.

Significane of Kedarnath Temple

Elevated at a height of 3,584 metres, near Mandakini Rive, Kedarnath Temple is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. This holy shrine is one of the four cornerstones of Char Daham Yatra in Uttarakhand. The temple is also one of the 275 temples of Paadal Petra Sthalams (the most powerful Shiva temples in the world), expounded in Tevaram. Being most important temple among the PanchKedar (group of 5 Shiva temples in Garhwal Himalayas), makes Kedarnath Dham more glorious. Swyambhu Shivling located in the temple is immemorial.

Poojas and Sevas at the Kedarnath Temple

In Kedarnath Dham, Shiva Linga is worshipped very religiously. Various poojas and sevas are performed at the Kedarnath temple. Let us see some of the sevas and poojas that take place in the Kedarnath Temple.

Morning Poojas at Kedarnath Temple

Kedarnath morning pooja is performed in between 4 AM to 7 AM.

  • Maha Abhishek – This pooja takes place early in the morning between 4:30 AM -6:30 AM.
  • Rudra Abhishek– This pooja is done in the form of Rudra for Lord Shiva. It is believed that this pooja washes away all the sins and spreads purity all around.
  • Laghurudra Abhishek-It is the highest honour given to Lord Shiva after Maha Rudra Pooja. This seva is done to appease Lord Shiva to get his blessings for health, wealth and prosperity.
  • Shodasopachar Pooja– In the pooja sixteen traditional steps is performed ideally to any Lord.

Evening Poojas at Kedarnath Temple

Kedarnath evening pooja takes place in between 6 PM to 7:30 PM.

  • Shiv Sahasranamam Paath– In the seva 1008 names of Lord Shiva is recited by the priest in front of the Linga.
  • Shiv Mahimastrotra Paath– It consists in reciting Pushpadanta’s Vedic composition.
  • Shiv Thandavastrotra Paath– Stotras each of which consists of sixteen syllables are chanted which describe the greatness of Lord Shiva.

Kedarnath Puja Rates

Visitors can have the darshan of Kedarnath Ji at Kedranath temple at free of cost. Devotees can also do some special Kedarnath Pooja or Aarti or offer Bhog to the Lord. For such special aarti or puja they’ll have to deposit a specific amount in treasury of temple. Once you deposit the Kedarnath puja rates, a receipt will be issued to you.

Now devotees can also pay the puja rates for Kedarnath Dham in advance. To help you we have listed the details of Kedarnath Pooja Cost.

Details of Puja/Path and Aarti Rates (in Indian Rupees)

Kedarnath Morning Pooja (4 AM to 7 PM)
Maha Abhishek (1 person) 1700
Rudra Abhishek Puja (1 person) 1300
Laghu Rudra Abhishek Puja (1 person) 1100
Sodasopachar (1 person) 1000
Entire Pujas of a day 5200
Morning Puja 170
Balbhog 900
Evening Archana & Path (6:00 PM to 7:30 PM)
Shiv Sahasranamam Path (1 person) 360
Shiv Mahimastrotra Paath (1 person) 360
Shiv Thandavastrotra Paath(1 person) 340
Sapurna Aarti (1 person) 1500
Daily Bhog and Other Services at Kedarnath
Dainik Yagya Havan (1 person) 1800
Akhand Jyothi Daily 3500
Long term (for 10 years) Puja & Bhog of Shri Kedaranth Ji
Shiv Bhagwan Mahabhog 12,600
Shiv Bhagwan Maha Abhishek Puja 21,000
Shiv Bhagwan Abhishek Puja 11,000
Shiv Sahasranam Stotra 1700
Puja on Special Occasions in Kedarnath
Shrawani Purnima Annakut 7,550
Akhand Jyoti Yearly 26,000
Other Offerings
Donation for renovation work 1001.00 or above

Note : During May & June Mahabhishek, Rudrabhishek & Laghu Rudrabhishek pujas are not performed at the Kedarnath temple.

Festivals Celebrated at Kedarnath Temple

Many festivals are celebrated at Kedarnath Temple. One must witness and get lost in the colorful and devotional environment of these feast celebration.

  • Badri-Kedar Festival : This festival is celebrated in the month of June in the holy shrines of Kedarnath and Badrinath. The culturally rich festival goes on for eight days. In the festival artists from all around come together and showcase their devotion to Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu through music.
  • Sharavani Annakoot Mela : In Sharavani Annakoot Mela the Chief priest covers the shivling with some cereals which is afterwards distributed as Prasad to all devotees. This mela takes place one day before the Raksha Bandhan festival.
  • Samadhi Pooja : The Kedarnath pooja takes place on the Samadhi of the great Shri Adi Shankaracharya. Kedarnath temple gets closed on this day.

Structure of the Kedarnath Temple

This iconic shrine is built of massive stone slabs and has beautiful architecture. A large statue of Nandi Bull outside the Kedarnath temple stands as a guard. Inscriptions in Pali on the large grey steps leading to the holy sanctums can also be found. Inside the temple several old stone art work dedicated to Pandavas can also be seen. The main sections of the Kedarnath temple include Garba Griha and a Mandap also known as Mandapam. Garbha Griha is the innermost chamber of the temple and protects the conical idol of Kedarnath Ji. The Mandapam consists of statues of the Pandavas, Lord Krishna, Darupadi, Nandi and Virbhadra.

Facts about Kedarnath Temple

  • The linga at Kedarnath is conically rough shaped which makes it different from all the Linga of Shiva worshipped worldwide.
  • It is said that Kedaranth Temple was constructed by Pandavas and later was restructured by Adi Shankara in 8th AD.
  • Kedarnath Temple survived one of the worst flash flood in 2013. Only the perimeter of the temple was damaged.

History and Legends behind Kedarnath Dham

According to Hindu Mythology, Pandavas to absolve themselves from the sin of killing their relatives, embarked on a pilgrimage. Lord Shiva disguised himself as a humped buffalo and hid himself at Kashi. Lord Shiva dived into the ground when Pandavas discovered him. Bhim could only get hold of the hump and this impressed Lord Shiva. The other body parts of the Shiva (in bull form) were found at four different places. These places were Tungnath, Rudranath, Madhya-Maheswar and Kalpeshwar. Together these places are called Panch Kedar. It is also believed that Goddess Parvati worshipped Kedareshwar to unite with Shiva as Ardhanareshwar.

According to another legend, Nar and Narayana-two incarnations of Vishnu performed severe atonement in front of Shivalingam which rose out of the earth. Pleased by the devotion, Lord Shiva asked Nar and Narayan to seek for a present. As a present Nar and Narayan requested Lord Shiva to take a permanent abode in Kedarnath as Jyotirlingam so that devotees can worship and free themselves from the miseries of life.

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