A guide to the best pilgrimage
The Pandavas after the war of Kurukshetra, went in search of Shiva to ask pardon for the sins of fratricide. Shiva, avoided them, took disguise of a bull and went into hiding in Guptakashi. The Pandavas chased him there. Shiva's body in the form of bull materialised at five different spots with Lord's hump appearing in Kedarnath, the arms in Tunganath, the nabhi (navel) in Madhyamaheshwar, the face at Rudranath and the tresses surfacing at Kalpes...View more
war. The Pandavas built temples at these five places in honour of the Lord. Over the years, visiting these temples developed into the Panch Kedar circuit, one of the toughest pilgrimages to the five shrines of Lord Shiva.
The yatra of Panch Kedar is said please Lord Shiva immensely. It is said that completion of the yatra results in ablution of one's sins as well as fulfilment of the wishes. This tedious trek is a test of a person's physical as well as mental toughness. It can be extremely satisfying, not just spiritually but also to feel the beauty and culture of the Himalayan terrains
The shrines usually open around Akshya Tritiya in April and closes after Diwali in November. Kalpeshwar shrine is open throughout the year.
The best time to do the Panch Kedar yatra is during the months of May, June before monsoons and September, October before the shrine closes for winter. Rainy season should be avoided as it is dangerous because of slippery slopes and landslides
15-17 days from Delhi
|Most of the temples have a fair bit of trekking to be done on foot. Kedarnath and Tungnath have ponies available for the climb while the others have to be done on foot.|
Most of the temples have a fair bit of trekking to be done on foot. Kedarnath and Tungnath have ponies available for the climb while the others have to be done on foot.
Though the shrine of Kedarnath is crowded during the peak season, the other shrines have much less visitors due to the long treks needed to reach them.
The shrines usually open around Akshya Tritiya in April and closes after Diwali in October/November. Kalpeshwar shrine is open throughout the year.
The temples of Panch Kedar are in the rural areas with no or very little medical facilities. It is advisable to carry all the medications that you might need for the trip along with you. Comfortable trekking shoes, walking sticks, torches, snacks, dehydration salt packets, essential medicines etc should be carried in the day packs.
Sleeping bags/ blankets should be carried for overnight treks.
Clothes should be packed according to the time of travel.
Please be aware that there might not be mobile phone connectivity in some of these areas.
Those with any kind of medical conditions, heart diseases, asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure etc are strictly advised to avoid the trip.
The temples of Panch Kedar have no medical facilities around their vicinity.
Summer are hot and winters cold in the state of Uttarakhand. The temperatures in the Himalayan regions are pleasant in the summer though it can get very chilly in the night at higher altitudes. The temperatures during the months of September/October vary from 20 degrees during day to below 10 degrees during night.