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Kedareshvara Temple

Location:

Kedareshwar Temple is located at Kedar Ghat, a famous locality in Varanasi.

How to Reach:

Kedareshwar Temple is accessible by cycle rickshaw. Alternatively, you can travel up to Sonarpura by Car or Auto rickshaw and then walk to the Temple. You may also travel by boat to Kedar Ghat and walk up to the temple.

Pooja Timing:

The temple is open for worship from 03.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m. Mangala Aarti is performed at 03.15 a.m., 2nd Aarti at 10.00a.m., 3rd Aarti at 05.30 p.m. and Shayan Aarti at 10.30 p.m. Timings may change depending upon the season. Important days are Ekadasi, Pradosham and Poornima days. Anna Abhishek is performed once in a year. In this ritual, Shiv Ling is covered with cooked rice.

Taking bath in Ganges on every Monday and performing pooja/abhishek of Lord Kedareshwar is very auspicious. There is too much importance of poojas on Mondays during Shravan month (July 23 to August 20) and most importantly on last Monday of that month. It is believed that performing Shraaddh ceremony on Amavasya which falls on Tuesday at Kedar Ghat is very auspicious.

For performing special poojas it is advisable to consult the Poojari beforehand on +91 542-2454064.

Highlights:

Kedareshvara Temple is one of the most important Shiva Temple of the city. The stone linga here is said to have emerged spontaneously.  The myth narrate that a pure hearted devotee of Shiva prayed for a chance to visit the famous Kedareshvara Shiva Temple in the Himalayas. Lord Shiva, believed to be God of destruction is always kind to his devotees. Lord Shiva was touched by his bhakta's piety and instead of bringing them to the mountain, Shiva brought his image to the devotees. This image (linga) emerged out of a plate of rice and lentils. It can be still seen by the believers on the rough surface of the natural stone linga.

History:

Kedarnath or Kedarshwar is a Lord Shiva Temple in Himalayas which is one of the twelve jyotirlingas. According to Kashi Khand, one gentleman performed the upnayanam ceremony of his son named Vashisht at Ujjain. The boy, Vashisht, was very religious and performed all poojas including Linga pooja etc. He used to visit Kedareshwar Temple in Himalayas along with his Guru regularly and perform pooja of Lord Kedareshwar.

Once, on the way to Kedareshwar, the Guru died unfortunately and since he had all along done only good deeds, he found a place for himself at Mount Kailas. Vashisht who was 12 at that time, got an enlightenment that those who go for having darshan of Kedareshwar are blessed with all punyas. He then went and settled down at Kashi. But on all Chaitra Month Poornima days (March 20-April 21), Vashisht (who remained a Brahmachari) used to visit Kedareshwar Ling at Himalayas and this went on for 61 years. But due to old age, he could not move out and he started praying to Lord Shiva at Kashi. Lord Shiva blessed him with a wish and Vashisht requested that Lord Shiva should kindly appear at Kashi itself as Kedareshwar. Lord Shiva was overwhelmed with the sincerity and devotion of Vashisht and granted his wish. He appeared as Kedareshwar at Kashi and told Vashisht that performing pooja at Kedareshwar at Kashi will yield seven times greater punya as compared to performing pooja at Kedareshwar at Himalayas. People observe fast on Chaitra Month (March 20-April 20) and break their fast on Poornima day, the next day, after performing pooja of Kedareshwar. This is stated in Kashi Khand where Vashisht used to pray Lord Kedareshwar on Chaitra Poornima days.

Kashi is divided into three Khands (parts), Omkar Khand, Vishweshwar Khand and Kedar Khand. It is believed that a person who dies in Kashi attains Mukti but there is also a myth that if the person dies in the area governed by Kedar Khand, he obtains immediate mukti while in other two Khands, there are some sort of hardships to be faced. There are twelve Jyotirlings in India and there are twelve important Shiv Lings in Kashi which represent the aforesaid twelve Jyotirlings. Kedareshwar (Varanasi) is worshipped as Kedareshwar Jyotirling in the state of Uttarakhand.