Kedarnath sits high on the back of the Himalayas. It is set amidst the stunning mountainscape of the Garhwal Himalayas at the head of the Mandakini River. This temple is not available all year because of the snow. It opens in April and closes in November.
Kedarnath is of the Panch (5) Kedars (name of Lord Shiva), the protector and the destroyer. Shiva is considered the embodiment of all passions - love, hatred, fear, death & mysticism which are expressed through his various forms.
Legend identifies the deity at Kedarnath temple with the rump of a bull, a form assumed by Lord Shiva when eluding the Pandavas. They had come for redemption because they felt guilty for killing their own brothers in the great battle of Kurukshetra. When the Pandavas followed Lord Shiva to the site, he dove into the ground leaving behind a hump on the surface. This conical projection is worshipped as the form of Shiva in the shrine. It is believed that the temple of Kedarnath was constructed by the Pandavas.