Kedarnath Shiva Temple🏰, Himalayas🗻🏔️, Uttarakhand. 🇮🇳
🕉️ #Kedarnath temple is a part of #CharDham's & Panch Kedar in Uttarakhand & one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of #LordShiva in India. Swyambhu Shivling located in the temple is immemorial. This ancient & magnificient temple is located in the Rudra #Himalaya 🏔️ range in Uttarakhand, India. Due to extreme weather conditions, the temple is open only between the ends of April (Akshaya Tritriya) to Kartik Purnima (the autumn full moon, usually November).
This #Temple, over a thousand years old is built of massive stone slabs over a large rectangular platform. Ascending through the large gray steps leading to the holy sanctums we find inscriptions in Pali on the steps. Outside the temple door a large statue of the Nandi-Bull stands as guard. The origin of the revered temple can be found by Pandavas and revived by Adi Shankaracharya. 🙏
Kedarnath Temple is a great recognition among devotees. 😇 #Badrinath & Kedarnath in Uttarakhand, these are 2 most prominent sacred pilgrimages, particularly for the Hindus. It is said that the person who takes a trip to Badrinath, without Kedarnath their journey is sterilized & deity of Nara-Narayan wished that, for the welfare of the humanity.
It is cast on the Himalayan peak that incarnation of Lord #Vishnu KedarMahatapaswi Nar and Narayan was austere sage. Lord Shiva was pleased with their worship and therefore appeared revered as God has given to live there permanently. The site is located on Kedar peak in Kedarnath in the #Himalayas. 🗻
Lord Shiva is very easily pleased. He is known to grant boons to his devotees frequently, even if they happen to be some really wicked ones. That's why He is called Bholenath, the innocent one, because he is pure at heart and easy to please. Which means, if you love him and worship him, and even if you have some defects and weaknesses, you can be sure of his love and compassion.
Shiva is Ashutosh. He doesn't need any set of rules to be worshipped. You just take his name out of love, hatred or even anger, he will be very quick to respond. That's why Lord Shiva is the most worshipped God. You don't at all need any rituals or rules to follow if you worship him. Offer anything with love and he will bless you.
Shiva is most commonly worshipped as Lingam because Shiva is originator of all things. The lingam is seed and whatever we see, it is just a tree from that seed. The whole world is identical with lingam and everything is found on the lingam. All gods are situated in lingam. Thus worship of shivling is highly auspicious.
Lord Shiva is so merciful that he never punishes his devotees. All these reasons are more than enough to get devotees flock to the door steps of Shiva Mandir. He has immense powers. He destroys our suffering, the poison of human life, and removes from us impurities such as ignorance, egoism, delusion, attachment and pride to facilitate our spiritual growth.
Shiva, the giver of knowledge,is also the lord of the animals. He has great love and compassion for all animals. He protects them from disease, death and destruction. Hence he is known as Pashupatinath. Which means if you love animals and you want them to be protected from cruelty and treated well, you should worship none other than Shiva and request him to give them a better birth in their next lives.! ✨👁🕉🐒📿🌀🙏🏻