Kedarnath

Majestic view of kedarnath Temple during snowfall
The Kedarnath Temple and the huge rock behind it in the aftermath of the flood
Omkareshwar Temple in Ukhimath, where the Kedarnath and Madhyamaheshwar idols are kept during the winter months.
Kedarnath in the 1860s, with the temple being the prominent structure.
Lord Bhairavnath Ji considered as the Protector God of the area
The Kedarnath Temple in 2014, one year after the floods.
The Mandakini River on the bank of the town

Town in Rudraprayag district in the state of Uttarakhand in India and has gained importance because of the Kedarnath Temple.

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A page from the Ganga Mahatmya section of Skanda Purana in Sanskrit language and Devanagari script

Skanda Purana

Largest Mukyapurana, a genre of eighteen Hindu religious texts.

Largest Mukyapurana, a genre of eighteen Hindu religious texts.

A page from the Ganga Mahatmya section of Skanda Purana in Sanskrit language and Devanagari script
A page from the Skanda Purana manuscript in Sanskrit language and Devanagari script
A leaf from a palm leaf of Skanda Purana manuscript book, held together by a thin rope

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Rudraprayag

Town and a municipality in Rudraprayag district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand.

Town and a municipality in Rudraprayag district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand.

Devprayag Ganga's birthplace - Confluence of Alaknanda & Bhagirathi
End of footbridge over the Mandakini river that was washed away on June 17, 2013.
Confluence of the Alaknanda, left, and the Mandakini river, right, at Rudraprayag
Confluence of Alaknanda (background) and Mandakini (foreground) at Rudraprayag. In the 2013 Uttarakhand floods, after the Mandakini ravaged its banks, all the structures below the Chamundi temple have been seriously damaged and the large boulder called Narad Shila has disappeared while a long line of stones have appeared along the confluence.
Rudraprayag - Confluence of Alaknanda and Mandakini
Mandakini coming in to join Alaknanda. The jhula bridge seen here and the previous image was washed away along with the pillar on the other bankduring the 2013 Uttarakhand floods.
Evening prayers "Sandhya Aarti" at Rudraprayag

Kedarnath, a Hindu holy town is located 86 km from Rudraprayag.

A view of temples on the banks of river Ganges near Laxman Jhula

Rishikesh

City governed by Rishikesh Municipal Corporation , and a tehsil in Dehradun district of the Indian state Uttarakhand.

City governed by Rishikesh Municipal Corporation , and a tehsil in Dehradun district of the Indian state Uttarakhand.

A view of temples on the banks of river Ganges near Laxman Jhula
Students from around the world undergoing yoga teacher training by the River Ganges at Rishikesh, 2015
Rafting in Rishikesh
View of Rishikesh
Chit chat at bank of River Ganga at Rishikesh
Shiva statue near Parmarth Niketan which was washed away by the 2013 flood on River Ganga
Tera Manzil Temple
A temple in Rishikesh
Ghats by the River Ganges
Ram Jhula Bridge across the Ganges at Muni Ki Reti, built in the 1980s
A Hanuman temple in Rishikesh
Rishikesh Views

Rishikesh is the starting point for travelling to the four Chota Char Dham pilgrimage places—Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri.

Kedarnath Temple

Kedarnath Temple

Hindu temple (shrine) dedicated to the lord Shiva.

Hindu temple (shrine) dedicated to the lord Shiva.

Kedarnath Temple
The Pandavas visit Kedarnath after Mahabharata War
Way to Kedarnath Temple in early winter
Rear view of the Kedarnath Temple in the aftermath of the flood with the huge rock that protected the temple.
Front view of the Kedarnath Temple in the aftermath of the flood
1880s photo of Kedarnath Temple
Kedarnath Temple in 2014, one year after the floods.
Kedarnath Temple at dawn

Pandavas were supposed to have pleased Shiva by doing penance in Kedarnath.

Satellite image of Chorabari Glacier showing Mandakini flow

Mandakini River

Tributary of the Alaknanda River in the Indian state of Uttarakhand.

Tributary of the Alaknanda River in the Indian state of Uttarakhand.

Satellite image of Chorabari Glacier showing Mandakini flow
Kedarnath flash floods damaging houses along its banks
Image of collapsed bridge over Mandakini due to erosion of soil

The Mandakini is considered a sacred river within Uttarakhand as it runs past the Kedarnath and Madhyamaheshwar temples.

Map of the Himalayas (including the Hindu Kush)

Himalayas

The Himalayas, or Himalaya, are a mountain range in Asia, separating the plains of the Indian subcontinent from the Tibetan Plateau.

The Himalayas, or Himalaya, are a mountain range in Asia, separating the plains of the Indian subcontinent from the Tibetan Plateau.

Map of the Himalayas (including the Hindu Kush)
The 6000 km journey of the India landmass (Indian Plate) before its collision with Asia (Eurasian Plate) about 40 to 50 million years ago
Icefall on Khumbu Glacier
Gurudongmar Lake in Sikkim

The state is also home to the important pilgrimage destinations of Chaar Dhaam, with Gangotri, the source of the holy river Ganges, Yamunotri, the source of the river Yamuna, and the temples at Badrinath and Kedarnath.

Broken end of footbridge over the Mandakini River at Rudraprayag Sangam.

2013 North India floods

In June 2013, a mid-day cloudburst centered on the North Indian state of Uttarakhand caused devastating floods and landslides, becoming the country's worst natural disaster since the 2004 tsunami.

In June 2013, a mid-day cloudburst centered on the North Indian state of Uttarakhand caused devastating floods and landslides, becoming the country's worst natural disaster since the 2004 tsunami.

Broken end of footbridge over the Mandakini River at Rudraprayag Sangam.
The Kedarnath Temple, before the floods
Effect of flood in Darchula district of Nepal.
Satellite image of the affected region, taken on 30 May by NASA's MODIS.
Same location, shot on 21 June floods
Animals suffered greatly during the calamity

Pilgrimage centres in the region, including Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath, the hallowed Hindu Chardham (four sites) pilgrimage centers, are usually visited by thousands of devotees, especially after the month of July on wards.

Uttarakhand

State in the northern part of India.

State in the northern part of India.

Rope bridge across Alaknanda River at Srinagar, 1784-94 – the capital of the Garhwal Kingdom
Fort of Champawat, 1815 – the first capital of the Chand kings of Kumaon Kingdom
Uttarakhand as a part of the Ceded and Conquered Provinces
Uttarakhand as a part of Uttar Pradesh, 1950–2000
With the elevation of 7816 m above sea level, Nanda Devi is the highest mountain in Uttarakhand and the second-highest mountain in India, following Kangchenjunga in Sikkim.
With the elevation of 190 m above sea level, Sharda Sagar Reservoir is the lowest land point in Uttarakhand.
Topography of Uttarakhand.
Kumaon and Garhwal in Uttarakhand
Sumitranandan Pant Museum, Kausani
Bal Mithai, a popular sweet from Kumaon
Women performing Chanchari – a popular folk dance from Danpur region in Kumaon.
Pilgrims gather for the third Shahi Snan ("royal bath") at Har Ki Pauri in Haridwar, Uttarakhand on 14 April 2010 during Haridwar Kumbh Mela.
A woman winnowing rice, an important food crop in Uttarakhand.
Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun
Schematic tourist map of Uttarakhand.
Garhwal Himalaya mountain range in Kedarnath, Uttarakhand.
Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Dehradun.
Mahasu Devta Temple at Hanol is notable for its traditional wooden architecture.
Architectural details of a Dharamshala, established 1822, Haridwar.
Abhisarika Nayika, a painting by Mola Ram.
The releasing of the Uttaranchal crafts map
Alpine Musk Deer (Moschus chrysogaster)
Golden Mahseer (Tor putitora)
Himalayan Monal (Lophophorus impejanus)
West Himalayan Common Peacock (Papilio bianor polyctor)
Brahma Kamal (Saussurea obvallata)
Burans (Rhododendron arboreum)
Kaphal (Myrica esculenta)
Kandali (Urtica dioica)
Valley of Flowers National Park
View of a Bugyal (meadow) in Uttarakhand
Har Ki Doon, a high-altitude hanging valley
Rishikesh view and 13 stories Shiva temple across Lakshman Jhula bridge over the Ganges
Kedarnath Temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas

These two along with Badrinath and Kedarnath form the Chota Char Dham, a holy pilgrimage for the Hindus.

Rudraprayag district

District of the state of Uttarakhand of northern India.

District of the state of Uttarakhand of northern India.

Kedarnath

Painting of Adi Shankara, exponent of Advaita Vedanta with his disciples by Raja Ravi Varma

Adi Shankara

Adi Shankara (8th cent.

Adi Shankara (8th cent.

Painting of Adi Shankara, exponent of Advaita Vedanta with his disciples by Raja Ravi Varma
The birthplace of Adi Shankara at Kalady
Adi Sankara Keerthi Sthampa Mandapam, Kalady, Kochi
Murti of Shankara at his Samadhi Mandir, behind Kedarnath Temple, in Kedarnath, India
Murti of Shankara at the SAT Temple in Santa Cruz, California
Vidyashankara temple at Sringeri Sharada Peetham, Shringeri

Adi Sankara is believed to have died aged 32, at Kedarnath in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, a Hindu pilgrimage site in the Himalayas.