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Situated on the Himalayas in the state of Uttarakhand, Kedarnath is a holy town for Hindus. The pious place is flanked by snow-clad mountains, which add to the beauty of this divine abode of Lord Shiva. It is counted as one of the important destinations in the 'Chota Char Dham Yatra', an important pilgrimage in the Hindu culture. Every year, the Kedarnath yatra is planned by thousands of pilgrims to pay obeisance to the Lord, and purify their mind and soul. Though horses and palanquins are available on rent, devotees still believe that this 'yatra' is accomplished only when tread on foot.
On reaching the top of the mountain that is around 3584 m high, the pilgrims visit the Kedarnath Temple, which is thousands of years old and is believed to be there since the 'Mahabharata' days. The temple opens for the public on the auspicious day of 'Akshay Tritiya' in the month of April or May and closes on Bhai Duj in October or November, owing to extremely cold winters. The right time to visit this temple is during the summer season, when the weather remains pleasant.
During the Kedarnath tour, pilgrims also visit the Bhairavnath Temple, and take a dip in the ‘kunds’ before entering this temple. Legend has it that this shrine is still guarding the main temple. Apart from Kedarnath and Bhairavnath temples, some other holy places to visit during a trip to Kedarnath are the Shankaracharya Samadhi, Agastyamuni and Vasuki Tal.