Relations between Kedarnath, Tungnath, Rudranath, Madmaheshwar, Jata Kalpeshwar and Pashupatinath …
While Lord Shiva has thousands of millions of temples, the origin of the 12 major Jyotirlingas also have their own stories. But do you know that along with the two major Jyotirlingas of Lord Shankar, there are 4 such pagoda, whose story of origin is interlinked and their origin is linked to the same event.
According to a legend, the Pandavas in Dwapara Yuga when the gotra wanted to get the blessings of Lord Shankar to get free from the sin of killing, but they were angry with them. meet. In such a situation, the Pandavas came to the Himalayas in search of them. Lord Shankar did not want to see the Pandavas, so he went into Kedar after being exhausted from there.
But the Pandavas were also determined. They also reached Kedar while chasing Lord Shankar. Then Lord Shankar took the form of a bull and he went and joined other animals.
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The Pandavas became suspicious. So Bhima took his huge form and spread his legs over two mountains. All other cows and bulls left. But Shankar ji did not agree to go under the bull’s foot. Lord Shiva in the form of the bull began to penetrate the land and the bull in the form of Lord Shankar slammed his head into the mountain which appeared in Nepal. We only know him as Pashupati Nath.
But while sinking into the mountain, Bhima pounced on him and grabbed his back, then Bhima caught the triangular part of the bull. Lord Shankar was pleased to see the devotion and determination of the Pandavas. He immediately freed the Pandavas from sin by giving darshan. Since then, Lord Kedarnath is worshiped as the body of the bull’s back.
At the same time, the arms of Shiva appeared in Tungnath, in the mouth Rudranath, in the navel Madmaheshwar and in the Jata Kalpeshwar. Therefore Shri Kedarnath with these four places is called Panchkedar. There are grand temples of Shiva.
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Special things related to Kedarnath temple …
1. The doors of this temple remain closed in winter because the temple is covered with snow due to heavy snowfall. This temple is opened in the summer after Baisakhi to visit Kedarnath.
2. After Diwali, when the temple gates are closed on the day of Padwa, they light a lamp in that temple. After 6 months, when the priests return to Kedarnath in May, they find the lamp burning.
3. Surprisingly, when the temple is opened, it is cleaned in the same way as it was when it was closed.
4. When the doors of Kedarnath are closed, the priests take the Deity and Dandi of Lord Shiva down the mountain to Ukhimath for 6 months and worship them there. After 6 months, they bring them back.
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5. The Kedarnath temple opens from 4 am, but the Bholenath darshan takes place from 6 am. Close the doors from 3 to 5 in the afternoon, during which special poojas are held. Aarti takes place in the evening from 7.30 am to 8.30 pm, before which there is a special decoration of Lord Panchamukhi Kedarnath.
Another main story of Kedarnath …
Apart from this legend related to the Pandavas, according to another legend, Kedarnath is situated at the highest height among the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva, it is in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. There is also an interesting story of Lord Shiva seated here, which is associated with Nara and Narayana, the incarnations of Lord Vishnu.
According to mythological beliefs, Nara-Narayana was doing penance on the Kedar Shringa of the Himalayas, Mahadev appeared to him, pleased with his penance. Both of them requested Lord Shiva to settle on Kedar Shringa, on which Lord Shiva resided there in the form of Jyotirlinga.
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