Here, Lord Shiva is called The Lord of Kedarkhand (Quantum Field). It is the highest Shiva Shrine among 12 jyotirlingas above the sea, about 3,583 m. The Temple can be accessed by road, one must trek for 22 Km to reach it. Due to the extreme weather conditions, the temples s oped tot the tourists between the months of April and November.

The Temple is directly related to Mahabharatha as the Pandavas came here after the great battle of Kurukshetra. It is a place for people to witness many yogis, It is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalas noted by Tamil saints.

The people here are opposing the cosmopolitan activities ever since 2013 floods that occurred due to industrial development without a proper understanding of glacier behaviour and mountain lands.

The flash floods due to the burst of an artificial lake created by a huge landslide in Rishi Ganga, inside Nanda Devi Sanctuary is the newest warning given by the Himalayas to the blind supporters of “development” in the fragile mountains. The flood reached Kedarnath from the village Reni, the same village where Gaura Devi and her sisters saved the forest with Chipko movement 1974.

Viswanath Venkat Dasari

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