As one approaches from Garurchatti, the magnificent Sri Kedarnath temple is visible on advancing barely half a kilometer. With the stunning background of towering white mountains mantled with snow, the temple presents an enchanting sight. All around it is an aura of peace and purity. Here, the unholy are said to become holy and the holy, holier still. The temple of Kedarnath is considered to be more than a thousand years old. The temple is magnificent in its style and architecture. It is built on a morainic ridge jutting out at right angles from the snowy range. The temple has a “garbha-griha” for worship and mandaps for assemblies of pilgrims and visitors. It is considered that the Pandavas felt guilty of having killed their own kith and kin after the great battle of Kurukshetra. They needed the blessing of Lord Shiva for their redemption. Lord Shiva was not willing and so eluded the Pandavas repeatedly. He took refuge at Kedarnath in the form of a Bull. Being followed by Pandavas, he dived into the ground, leaving his hump on the surface. The remaining portions of God reappeared at four other places. The arms appeared at Tungnath, the face at Rudranath, The stomach(nabhi) at Madmaheshwar and the locks with the head at Kalpeshwar. They are worshipped there as manifestations of Lord Shiva.
It is one of the twelve “Jyotirlingas” of Lord Shiva. The temple of Sri Kedarnath is situated at an altitude of 3581 mts. above sea level, against the backdrop of the majestic kedarnath range. At the entrance is the statue of the “Nandi”, the divine bull. The walls inside the temple are exquisitely carved with images.
Places which can be visited from here are the Bhairav temple, Samadhi of Adi Shakaracharya and Gandhi Sarovar at Chorabari Tal.
Vasukital, yet another beautiful lake is situated at a distance of 8kms. from kedarnath, floating ice on crystal-clear water fascinates visitors to this lake.