Kedarnath temple to get a ‘golden’ makeover
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About Kedarnath Temple
- Kedarnath Temple was built in 8th century A.D. by Adi Shankaracharya and is one of the 12 jyotirlingas in India.
- The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and is said to be more than 1,200 years old.
- Kedarnath Temple is an integral part of the famous Char Dham Yatra in Uttarakhand.
- The Kedarnath temple has an inner sanctum (Garbha Griha) for worship and a Mandap, for assemblies of pilgrims and visitors.
- Lord Shiva in his Sadashiva form is worshipped as a conical rock formation inside the temple.
- The temple is located at an altitude of nearly 3,500 meters above the sea level, and it remains covered in snow for the most part of the year.
- The temple is closed during winter, since during the winter season the deity is brought down to a village called Ukhimat.
- The deity is carried back to the temple in summer, when the weather improves, amid much fanfare and rituals.
- The temple is built using extremely large, heavy and evenly cut grey slabs of stones.
- The Temple is built adjacent to the site of an earlier temple believed to have been built by the Pandavas.
- The inner walls of the assembly hall is decorated with figures of various deities and scenes from mythology.
- Outside the temple door a large statue of the Nandi Bull stands as guard.
- Kedarnath temple is built on the banks of Mandakini and the mythical Saraswati rivers.
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About Mandakini River:
- The Mandakini River is a tributary of Alaknanda River which is one of the two main streams of the river Ganga.
- It emerges from Chorabari glacier and flows between Rudraprayag and Sonprayag.
- The Mandakini River merges with Songanga river at Sonprayag.