|| Shri Kedarnath Jyotirlinga ||
This Jyotirlinga mountain is located on the top of the Himalayas called Kedar. In the Puranas and Shastras, the glory of Shri Kedareshwar-Jyotirlinga has been described repeatedly. The natural beauty of the place is seen here. The temple of Kedareshwar Mahadev situated on the banks of Punyamati Mandakini river in the western part of this peak, by its form, gives us the message of moving towards religion and spirituality.
To the east of the peak is the most famous temple of Badrinath on the picturesque banks of Alaknanda. Alaknanda and Mandakini - These two rivers join at Rudraprayag below. This combined stream of both rivers comes down to Devprayag and joins the Bhagirathi Ganga. In this way, those who bathe in His Holiness Gangaji also get a touch of water washing the feet of Shri Kedareshwar and Badrinath.
The legend is described in the Puranas about the establishment of this extremely holy virtuous Jyotirlinga - the great land of the ancient jewels, the abode of the holy, ascetics, sages, siddhas, deities, the great land of the Himalayas called Kedar of the Himalayas, the great sage Shriner and Narayana. He practiced very difficult penance to please Lord Shiva for many years.
In the Puranas and Shastras, the glory of Shri Kedareshwar-Jyotirlinga has been described repeatedly. The natural beauty of the place is seen here. The temple of Kedareshwar Mahadev situated on the banks of Punyamati Mandakini river in the western part of this peak.
For several thousand years, he continued to chant the name Shiva, standing on one foot, without food. With this austerity, he was discussed in all the realms. The deity, sage-monk, Yaksha, Gandharva all began to praise his practice and restraint. Lord Brahma, the father of the pasture, and Lord Vishnu, who brought up all of them, also began to praise the asceticism of Mahatapasvi Nara-Narayana, in the end, Lord Shankarji too became pleased with his difficult meditation. He appeared directly and appeared to both those sages.
Nar and Narayan worshiped Lord Bhole Nath with a wide variety of sacred hymns and mantras, with a vision of Lord Bholenath. Lord Shiva was very pleased and asked him to ask for the boons . Hearing this talk of Lord Shiva, both sages said to him, 'Devadhidev Mahadev! If you are happy with us, then for the welfare of the devotees, please always establish your form here forever.
By staying here, this place will become very holy in all ways. The people who worship you here will receive your Avinashini devotion. God You must accept our request to establish your form here for the welfare and salvation of human beings. '
Hearing his prayer, Lord Shiva accepted to live there as a Jyotirlinga. This Jyotirlinga is known as Shri Kedareshwar-Jyotirlinga due to its location on the Himalaya-Shringa called Kedar.