Kedarnath:The jyotirlinga that withstood the fury of nature
The most fabled jyotirlinga,Kedarnath is one of holiest shrines of Hinduism. It is also one of the four sites which make up the Chhota Char Dham pilgrimage circuit of Uttarakhand, along with Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri.
With the snow-clad mountains, forests and mesmerizing views, Kedarnath is a must-have spiritual experience. Each year, thousands of Hindu pilgrims flock to the temple to seek penance and blessings of Lord Shiva.
Kedarnath, the temple and town, also bore the brunt of nature’s fury, but the shrine survived the testing times. The survival story varies among people. Some say a massive boulder blocked the path of the water and saved the temple from being destroyed to nothingness. After the flooding of 2013, a few cracks did appear in the left and front walls. A door was damaged, but the temple stands firm – proof of the technical rigor of the talented architects. Miracle or just great architecture, Kedarnath jyotirlinga withstood the fury and continues to attract the devout to the day.
Kedarnath, a visual treat and a spiritual feast for the soul is the part of a Coffee table Book by Trinetra.