Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Kedarnath Temple

Kedarnath Mandir (Hindi : केदारनाथ मंदिर, Kēdārnāth Maṃdir ) is one of the holiest HIndu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and is located atop the Garhwal Himalayan range near the Mandakini river in Kedarnath, Uttarakhand in India. Due to extreme weather conditions, the temple is open only between the end of April to Kartik Purnima (the autumn full moon). During the winters, the murtis (idols) from Kedarnath temple are brought to  Ukhimath and worshipped there for six months. In this region Lord Shiva is worshipped as Kedarnath, the 'Lord of Kedar Khand', the historical name of the region. This temple is a Paadal Petra Sthalam (the 275 Holy Abodes of Shiva on the continent), praised by the Tamil Narayanas saints in the 6th-9th century CE.

The temple is not directly accessible by road and has to be reached by a 14 km uphill trek from Gaurikund.  The temple is believed to have been built by Adi Sankaracharya and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, the holiest Hindu shrines of Shiva. The older temple existed from the times of Mahabharata, when the Pandavas  are supposed to have pleased Shiva by doing penance in Kedarnath . The temple is also one of the four major sites in India's Chota Charm Dham pilgrimage of Northern Himalayas.

The above text courtesy from wikipedia.

In my collection i have 3 different Kedarnath Temple post cards. 

1 comment:

  1. You have great collection of vintage period post cards.Thanks for sharing them.