The Shri Kedarnath Temple Utthan Charitable Trust (SKUCT) is all set to introduce a new investment worth Rs. 120 crores for the construction work which will include a 50-feet wide way to walk, security walls, and so on. The trust, established in 2017 aims to develop, construct, re-develop, and renovate the Kedarnath Dham.
The Kedarnath Dham is open to visit now taking all precautionary measures and protocols laid by the government regarding the coronavirus pandemic.
Here are some amazing and less known facts about the Kedarnath Temple:
- The temple is located at 3,583 meters height on the shore of River Mandakini.
- During the 2013 flood, everything was destroyed except the temple and its premises. It is believed that a supernatural divine power is protecting the temple.
- Bhairon Nath Ji, also known as Kshetrapal is protecting the temple from any kind of damage. He has a separate temple in the south of Kedarnath temple which is called “Baba ka Mandir”.
- Kedarnath is one of ” Panch Kedar” which are the five holy places dedicated to Lord Shiva. Panch Kedar is located in Garhwal Himalayas.
- Devotees have to follow an order first. Kedarnath first, followed by Tungnath, then Rudranath, then Madhyamaheshwar, and then Kalpeshwar.
- There is something special about priests too. Head priests are called a Rawal. They do not perform the rituals inside the temple. There is a community of five priests and all are offered the title of the head priest turn by turn.
- There is a lingam in the shape of a pyramid on the premises of the temple which has a long fascinating mythological story attached behind it.
- The Kedarnath temple is at a great height and is considered the highest of all Jyotirlingas in India.
- The temple is believed to be constructed almost a thousand years back. It is built from enormous slabs of stone raising at the height of 6 feet. The inner walls are engraved with various mythological stories.