Significance of Panch Kedar Temples

Panch Kedar is located in the state of Uttarakhand in Northern India. The Panch Kedar is Kedarnath, Tungnath, Rudranath, Madhyamaheshwar and Kalpeshwar. The primary deity of these temples is Lord Shiva. The temple architectural styles reflect North Indian temple architecture style. According to the Hindu religious scholars and pundits, the creator of these temples is Pandavas.

Panch Kedar represents the pilgrimage destination of Kedarnath, Tungnath, Rudranath, Madhyamaheshwar and Kalpeshwar. It is to be highly noted that panch Kedar largely refers to holy places of the Shaivite sect or five major Hindu temples that are dedicated to Lord Shiva. These temples are situated in the Garhwal Himalayan region in Uttarakhand state, in north India. According to the local legends, these temples are the subject of several legends that indirectly or directly linked their creation to Pandavas, the heroes of the Hindu epic Mahabharata.

The five major Lord Shiva temples that are designated in the strict pecking order to be followed for pilgrimage and worship are the Kedarnath at an altitude of 3,583 m (11,755 ft), the Tungnath 3,680 m/12,070 ft), Rudranath (2,286 m/7,500 ft), Madhyamaheshwar or Madmaheshwar (3,490 m/11,450 ft) and Kalpeshwar (2,200 m/7,200 ft).

It is to be noted that Kedarnath is the main temple among the five temples. It is also a part and parcel of the four famous Chota Char Dhams. It is the most sought after pilgrimage centers of the Garhwal Himalayas. It is to be remembered that the other three dhams are the Badrinath, Yamunotri and Gangotri. Kedarnath is also one of the twelve Jyotirlingas.

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