Kedarnath, the seat of Lord Shiva, is one of the “Dwadasha Jyotirlingas” (12 prominent temples of Lord Shiva). In 2017, Kedarnath temple remains closed from October 21.
Generally, the closing day of Kedarnath temple is fixed which is on Yama Dwitiya or Bhai Dooj, a couple of days after Diwali. Because of harsh winter, the temple remains closed during the winter season.
Kedarnath temple is situated at a height of 3584 miters at the head of river Mandakini. The Puranas and other holy scriptures mentioned that Adi Guru Shankaracharya performed severe penance in this temple for Lord Shiva and made it even holier.
Kedarnath temple is situated in great Kedarnath range at a distance of 14 km from Gaurikund.
The opening date of Kedarnath temple is also fixed like the closing date but depends on the date of Shivaratri. The remaining three Char Dham temples are – Badrinath temple, Yamunotri temple and Gangotri temple.