Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reviewed development work at Kedarnath Dham temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, nestled in the Rudra Himalaya range. Over 1000-year old Kedarnath temple built by Adi Shankaracharya is amongst the most revered Hindu shrines. A large scale damage was done to a portion of the shrine in the flash floods of 2013. The Uttarakhand Government, with the support of the Centre, had begun the re-development work in 2017.
Modi, in his review meeting with Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on June 10,2020 suggested that the design and development for the holy sites like Kedarnath and Badrinath should be taken up in a manner that stands the test of time and is in harmony with nature, according to a statement from the PMO.
There would be further development of other heritage and religious spots in the stretch extending from Ramban to Kedarnath in Rudraprayag district of the state.
The development project would include Brahma Kamal vatika (garden) and museum to greet pilgrims en-route Vasuki Taal. Old town quarters would also be developed ensuring that properties of historical significance are maintained with architectural façade.
” The present temple was built by Adi Shankaracharya. The inner walls of the temple sanctum are adorned with figures of various deities and scenes from mythology. According to legends, the Pandavas sought the blessings of lord Shiva to atone their sin after the battle of Mahabharata. Lord Shiva eluded them repeatedly and while fleeing took refuge at Kedarnath in the form of a bull. On being followed, he dived into ground leaving behind his hump on the surface. Outside the temple door a large statue of the Nandi Bull stands as guard”, thus says the description of the revered shrine by the Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board.
” Kedarnath is amongst the holiest pilgrimages for the devout Hindu. It is set amidst the stunning mountainscape of the Garhwal Himalayas at the head of the Mandakini River. Kedar is another name of lord Shiva, the protector and the destroyer. The shrine of Kedarnath is very scenically placed, and is surrounded by lofty, snow – covered mountains, and during summer grassy meadows covering the valleys. Immediately behind the temple, is the high Keadardome peak, which can be sighted from great distances,” the board states, promoting religious and general tourism in the state.
Vital Travel Information:
Famous for/as: Pilgrim
Languages: Hindi, Garwali
Best Season: May to Jun– Sep toOct
Weather: Summer 7°Cto 17°C,
Winter: -14 to 8°C
Altitude: 3553 m