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Kedarnath- Pilgrimage, beyond the pain lies the divinity

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I was on Kedarnath pilgrimage last week and truly blessed to have a darshan of Kedarnath Jee, it was a moment of a lifetime. Truly awestruck with the beauty of place and divinity. This was the moment of where I connected with my spiritual self, under the clear sky, Lord Shiva was standing tall, protecting us and the mighty God will protect me as well. The whole experience was exhilarating, I did the trek in approx. 8 hrs and nowhere felt tired, probably it was the responsibility of getting Shaurya safely or the call from my god.

While the visit will be an everlasting memory, I would always regret not getting a view of the temple in broad daylight, probably next time. Lord Shiva will call me again for his blessing until than I will keep his blessing and unfortunately I don’t have any clear picture as well, possibly it was supposed to be embedded in thoughts & mind.

I did some study on the temple history and couldn’t an accurate representation of facts with authority, possible the history is not known or possibly, the god himself will reveal it.

Kedarnath is highest among the 12 Jyotirlingas, this templet over a thousand years old is built of massive stone slabs over a large rectangular platform. Ascending through the large grey steps leading to the holy sanctums we find inscriptions in Pali on the step. A conical rock formation inside the temple is worshipped as Lord Shiva in his Sadashiva form. The temple, believed to be very ancient, has been continually renovated over the centuries. It is situated at an altitude of 3,581 mt.

At the approach of winters in the month of November, the holy statue of Lord Shiva is carried down from Kedarnath to Ukhimath and is reinstated at Kedarnath, in the first week of May.

A scientific study suggests that the temple is around 3000 years old, this was cited basis study of lichen growing on the glacial moraine. Lichens are the unique group of plants that consists of two unrelated organisms, a fungus, and an alga, growing together in a close symbiotic association. The largest lichens were found to be around 258 years old, suggesting that climatic changes in this part of the world started nearly 258 years ago. After the peak of the Little Ice Age, the recession of the glacier was followed by several stages of advance and retreat. Based on these findings, the researchers attempted to confirm the age of the Kedarnath temple, a historical monument that emerged after the melting of Chorabari glacier.

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