Kedarnath Temple in Uttarakhand, India
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Celebrating Maha Shivratri. Kedarnath Temple
Today, on the occasion of Maha Shivratri, we take you to Kedarnath temple, one of the sacred pilgrimage centres in Northern India. The temple is located in the Rudra Himalaya range of Uttarakhand at an altitude of 3584 metres above sea level. The name 'Kedarnath' means 'the lord of the field'. It derives from the Sanskrit words 'kedara' meaning 'field' and 'natha' meaning 'lord'.
It is believed that originally Pandavas built the temple of Kedarnath while the present temple was established by Adi Shankaracharya. It is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas, the holiest Hindu shrines of Lord Shiva.