The Uttrakhand government has announced the opening and closing date on 1 March 2022 for the Kedarnath. It has religious value and is one of the Char Dham Yatra. Approximately 10 lakh people visit Kedarnath every year. The government receives high traffic on their official server. So it is always better to make to Kedarnath trip plan before registering. Here are the full details if you are planning to visit Kedarnath.
Kedarnath Temple History
The word Kedarnath is mixed with two words ‘Kedar” means “ field” and “Nath” means “God”.The Kedarnath temple is situated on the bank of the Mandakini River. It is one of the most visited Dham among the Char Dham yatra. The Kedarnath is in the lap of the Himalayas making it more beautiful than ever.
It is said that the temple was built by Pandavas after winning the battle of Kurukshetra. The folklore says that after fighting and killing their own family, the Pandavs went to see Lord Shiva with the wish to get rid of all their sins.
Lord Shiva didn’t want to bless them so he hid from them in the valleys of the Himalayas. Later the Pandavs found him; he dived into the ground of Himalaya and left his hump on the surface.
The other parts of his body were found in 4 other places: arms at Tungnath, face at the Rudranath, the Belly in Madhya Maheshwara, and his hair at the Kalpeshwar with head at the Doleshwor Mahadeva Mandir. All these places together called Panch Kedar.
Kedarnath Registration Details
After closing the gates of the Kedarnath temple, the Uttrakhand government finally publish the opening dates on the occasion of ‘Mahashivratri’, starting the registration from 6 May 2022 at 6:05 AM to and will be closed on the occasion of ‘Bhai Dooj ’ i.e. 6 November 2022. The pilgrims can register for the Kedarnath Yatra from the official website of UCDDMB.
How to register on the official website
You can easily register for Kedarnath Yatra by visiting UCDDMB on Google. You can also register for puja and accommodation, from the website. Here are the steps you can follow if you wish to plan for Kedarnath Yatra:
- On the homepage, there is an option to book a different option from the Char Dham Yatra.
- Select the ‘Kapat of Shri Kedarnath temple’ option
- Provide the basic details like Name, Mobile Number, Gender, Email Id.
- You will receive an OTP on your number and email id.
- The pilgrims will receive a pass once the registration is completed.
Only the devotees with the pass will be allowed to enter inside the temple. The court has allowed only 800 devotees to visit daily.
Here are all the details, if you are planning a Kedarnath trip:
Best time to visit
The best time to visit Kedarnath is between May to November. In these times the weather was quite pleasant. It is dangerous to visit the Temple in other six months as in those months there is a high risk of landslides and floods.
The pilgrims can visit the temple in one day. It will take overall 5 hours to visit the temple and worship Lord Shiva. There are other places also like the Himalayas, Gandhi Sarovar, Phata, Gaurikund Temple, etc. Or you can enjoy trekking, rock climbing, snow trek, etc.
The minimum price of the package is Rs. 50000 and can go up to Rs. 1, 60,000. However, it is nearest to the Haridwar. You can use state government buses from Haridwar to Kedarnath.
How to visit
As the town is covered with the Himalayas, it is very risky to travel by road. The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport which is 248km away from the town. The nearest railway station is Rishikesh, distanced 228km from the main town.
Kedarnath Opening and Closing
The Maha Abhishek of ‘Lord Kedarnath’ also known as ‘Lord Shiva’ begins in the early morning at 4 AM and ends at 7 AM after the Maha Abhishek the “Kevad” of the temple will be opened and the pilgrims can enter the temple. The gates close for lunch and reopen at 5 PM and at 6 PM. Aarti starts in the evening and ends at 7 PM after which the doors are closed.