History of Kedarnath Temple, Uttrakhand

Kedarnath Temple is a Hindu temple roughly 1200 years old.

The temple is located on the Garhwal Himalayan range near the Mandakini river, in Uttarakhand, India.

It is not certain who built the original Kedarnath temple and when.

Legend has it that the original Pandavas built the temple of Kedarnath and the present temple was established by Adi Shankaracharya, who restored the glory of the shrine in the 8th century A.D.

It is said that the Pandavas sought Lord Shiva to relieve themselves from the guilt of killing their blood relatives.

However, Shiva didn't want to release them from their sins, so he disguised himself as a bull to roam the Garhwal Himalayas.

On being found by the Pandavas, Shiva dove underground. Bhim could only manage to get hold of his hump. 

Other body parts of Shiva in the form of a bull showed up at different places.

The hump of the bull was found in Kedarnath, the navel emerged in Madhya-Maheshwar, two forelegs appeared in Tunganath, the face in Rudranath, and the hair in Kalpeshwar.

These are collectively called the Panch Kedar - the five sacred places.

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