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2 DHAM YATRA : KEDAR – BADRI
Kedarnath
The magnificent and pious temple of Kedarnath , situated at the height of 3581 m, is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva and is dedicated to his Sadashiva form. A huge statue of Nandi stands in the courtyard. There are number of 'Kund' in the Kedarnath Peeth. Shiv Kund is the most important one. Rudhir Kund is known because of water being of red color. The whole Kedamath valley is surrounded by snow covered peaks from three sides and it creates a unique setting to this divine place. Mandakini glaciers and Gandhi Sarovars are only few kilometers away from here.

According to legends, the shrine of Kedarnath was built by Pandavas after Mahabharat war. The present temple was built in 8th century AD by Adi Shankaracharya. It is believed that Sadashiv escaped from the clutches of Pandavas and took refuge in Kedarnath in the from of a buffalo and finding himself hard pressed dived into the ground. Certain parts of his body were left at four other places along the Himalayan range. The arms (Bahu) are present at Tungnath, the face (Mukh) at Rudranath, the belly (Nabhi) at Mad Maheshwar and the hair (lata) and head at Kalpeshwar. Together with Kedamath all these temples are called 'Panchkedar' and are worshipped by Hindu devotees during their pilgrimage.

Kedarnath is situated at the highest altitude as compared to the other three “dhams” . There is lesser level of oxygen in the atmosphere here and is colder throughout the year. Also, it is via a trek rout from Gaurikund.

Badrinath
Badrinath is situated in the lap of Nar-Narayan Parvat, with the Neelkanth peak in the background. Also known as the Badri Vishal, it is the largest and most revered among the five Badris, It is believed that Adi Guru Sri Shankaracharya, a philosopher saint of 8th century, to revive the lost prestige of Hinduism and with the goal of uniting the country in one bond, built four pilgrimage centers in four corners of India. These were Badrikashram (Badrinath temple) in the north, Rameshwaram in the south, Jagannath Puri in the east and Dwarkapuri in the west .

Badri refers to a berry that was said to grow abundantly in the area, and nath refers to Vishnu. According to some legends Goddess Lakshmi took the form of blue berries to protect Lord Vishnu from the harsh climate during his long penance.

The opening date of Badrinath Temple is fixed on Basant Panchami by Raj Purohit and closure date is decided on Vijaydashmi by Mandir Committee. The temple opens every year in the month of April-May & closes for winters around third week of November. Throughout the winter season, the ‘Utsav Murti' (idol used for public functions and to move around the temple) of Lord Badrinath is worshipped in Narasimha Temple at Joshimath. The idol is taken to the Narashimha Temple on a doli (palanquin) in a colorful procession on the closing of the temple in winters. The priests of Badrinath Temple continue to perform the rituals on the ‘Utsav Murti’ at Narasimha temple during the winter season.

Some festivals celebrated in Badrinath are: Mata Murti ka mela, Krishna Janamashtami and Badri-Kedar utsav.Badrinath's four subsidiary Badris populary known as Panch Badri include Bhavishya Badri, Yogdhyan Badri, Bridha Badri and Adi Badri.

Kedar Badri Yatra Tour Itinerary