It is located in the Kedarnath near Badrinath (Vadu Naadu) Lord Shiva: Kedara Nathar, Ambal: Gowri, Theertham: Mandakini, Patikam: Sambandar, Sundarar, Travel Base: Rishikesh
Description: It is the famous and one of the best known in all India is called Lord Shivastalams and it is also known as the most sacred pilgrimage centers of the country. It is situated in the Lofty Himalayas. It is coming in the top list of 12 Jyotirlingams which is in Northern part, while Rameswaram is the Souther part. The leader of the spiritual Ali Sankaracharya is closely associated with Kedarnath, Kedarnath was the shrine steeped in antiquity, which are rich in lengend and religious significance.
Kedarnath is situated on a ridge which is at right angles from below the 23000 feet it is high snowy peak of Mahapanth. Kedarnath was situated on the Rudra Himalaya range.
The Rudra Himalaya is also called the Pancha Parvata; its has five peaks which are Rudra Himalaya, Vishnupuri, Bhramapuri, Udgari-Kanth and Swargarohini. It is believed that four of the Pandavas died on the last of these peaks.
Legend: the legend is that the parvati worshipped Kedareshwar to be unite with Lord Shiva as her Ardhanareeswarar. The Kedara Munivar was also said to established this shrine visited by the Pancha Pandavas.
Legend: the pandava princes has said pandava that she want to visit the kedarnath after the great kurukshetra battle. Lord Shiva is keep watching the pandavas, he had assumed the form of a male buaffalo and entered the earth. And it is also said that the rear of its body remained here, as in Kedareshwar. The front part of the body is believed to be in Nepal. This legend says that when Lord Shiva entered the ground, he was become the five fold – his hind remained at the Kedar, his arms Tunganatha, his face Rudranath, his belly was Madhyameswara and his jata Kalpeswara. These all five shrines was known as the Pancha Kedara.
The tradition was is that pilgrims which is first visit Yamunotri and Gangotri which is bring with them the holy waters from the sources of the rivers Yamuna and Ganga and was offer abhishekams to kedareshwara. There was a traditional pilgrim route is Haridwar – Rishikesh – Devaprayag – Tehri – Dharasu – Yamunotri – Uttar Kashi – Gangotri – Triyugnarayan – Gowrikund and Kedarnath. Alternatively, the route to Kedar from Rishikesh is via Devprayag, Srinagar, Rudraprayag and Ukhimath.