Located in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand and nestled at a height of 3600 mts, Kedarnath Dham is possibly the most celebrated and revered Shiva temples of India. Everything is special out here with the lofty snow-clad peaks hovering over the temple to the thin air that reverberates Shiva with every breath.
Kedarnath temple is one of the 12 Jyotir Lings or the cosmic light which signifies Lord Shiva of India and is also the most important temple among the Panch Kedars of the Garhwal Himalayas. The original temple dates back to thousands of years back by the Pandavas but the current temple was built by Adi Shankaracharya where a conical rock formation is worshipped as Lord Shiva in his Sada Shiva form. During the winter months of October and early November, the symbolic idol of Shiva is carried to Ukhimath where it is worshiped while the whole temple is submerged in snow. The temple is again re-opens in Vaisakh during the months of May – June.
Located in Chamoli -Garhwal region of Uttarakhand and at a height of 3133 mts above sea level, Badrinath is one of the most important and sort after pilgrim destination for any Hindus because it is part of both the Main Char Dham and the Chotta Chardham of the Uttarakhand. This colorful and ornate exterior, also known as Singh Dwar is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is nestled in the twin mountain ranges of Nar and Narayan along with river Alaknanda. The 15 idols of Vishnu and other gods in the temple complex are sculpted in black stone and interestingly though the temple is located in North India, the head priest is a Nambudri Brahmin from South. Just like Kedarnath, Badrinath closes its doors during Diwali and the idols are shifted to Joshimath. The temple doors reopens during Vaisakh when the idols are placed again with pomp and gaiety.
SIGNIFICANCE OF RUDRAKSH
Rudrakshas are considered to be Beads of Power with which the Yogis of Himalayas maintain their health and kept their mind in tranquility. They also used them for self empowerment and to develop fearlessness from the physical hindrance on their path towards Liberation.
Botanical Name: Elaeocarpus Ganitrus Roxb. Family: Tiliaceae, the Lime/Linden family.
IMPORTANCE OF SPIRITUAL TRAVELLING IN ONES LIFE
Spirituality is a plethora of perspectives and is a sense of connection to something immense than ourselves. Something, that is beyond life and beyond our own-self. It is an experience which influences us to lead a righteous path ahead in a celebration called life.
“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist, that’s all.” – Oscar Wilde.