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The Temple Of Kedarnath

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One of the most revered Hindu temples in India where worshipping Lord Shiva, is considered the temple of Kedarnath, or as it is called Kedarnath Mandir. It is located in the Himalayas near the Mandakini river in the Holy city of Kedarnath, in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, right on the Indian-Chinese border. The place where a temple is located at a height of 3584 meters above sea level and surrounded on all sides by snowy peaks. Kedarnath Mandir is very popular among tourists and pilgrims.

It is believed that the temple was built around the VIII century, during the reign Jagat Guru ADI Shankaracharya. People believe that it existed even during the great war of Mahabharata. It has a small footprint compared with other Indian religious buildings of this type. It has two main halls, one of which is the main temple of Kedarnath Mandir. It is a stone carved into the shape of a cone, which is considered the seat of the divine essence of Shiva - Linga. In another hall there are statues of Lord Krishna, Pancha Pandavas and Veerbhadra is one of the most dedicated "security guards" of Shiva. At the entrance of the temple sits Nandi stone statue of the sacred bull of Shiva. Inside all the walls and ceilings of the building are decorated with images of animals, people, deities or mythological characters.

The temple, unfortunately, is open only about six months a year, in the period from end of April to the last of the autumn full moon, the so-called Kartik Purnima, due to severe weather conditions. In winter all the statues of idols, known as Murti, transferred to another a sacred place of state - Ukhimath.