In Hinduism, Kedarnath Dham, situated in the lap of the Himalayas, Uttarakhand, is considered one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. This holy abode, which is covered with snow for 6 months, is also called the abode of Lord Shiva. It is believed that here Lord Shiva appears and he always sits in the form of Triangle Shivling in this temple.
However, the description of Kedarnath is found in major ancient texts, but here today we will talk about a story related to the Kedarnath temple from Mahabharata time. Where Bhagwan Shiva gave his darshan to the Pandavas, after which the Pandavas established this holy Dham.
Relation of Kedarnath with Mahabharat and Pandavas?
According to Mahabharata, the world’s most sacred book, after the Mahabharata war, the eldest son of the Pandu was crowned as the Emperor of Hastinapur. For 4 decades thereafter, Yuddhister ruled Hastinapur. One day all the Pandavas were discussing about the Mahabharata war with Parmeshwar Shree Krishna. Then the Pandavas said to Shri Krishna, O Narayana, “We all have the stigma of killing our brothers along with the killing of Saints, Gurus, and our relatives. How can this stigma be removed?”
Then Krishna told the Pandavas that it is true that even if you won the war, But, you have become a partaker of sin by killing your Gurus and Brothers. And it is impossible to get rid of this life because of these sins. After that Krishna further said, that only Mahadev can liberate you from all these sins. Therefore, go to Lord Shiva for his blessings, and after saying this, he went by Shri Krishna and went away.
After that, all the Pandavas started worrying about their sins and started thinking about when they would all abandon their royal path and go to the shelter of Shiva. But after that, all the Pandavas got the sad news that Vasudeva Shri Krishna has abandoned his earthly body and returned to his supreme abode ( Vaikuntha Dham). Hearing all this, even the Pandavas did not like to live on earth.
Because in the war of Mahabharata, all his brothers, brothers, Gurus, companions, and the rest of the people died. And along with that his parents also went to the forest for exile. Also, his always advisors had also returned to their Vaikunth Dham.
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Renunciation of Kingdom by all Pandavas and Draupadi:
After which, the Pandavas had given their kingdom to the Parikshit. And after abandoning Hastinapur, all the brothers went out in search of Lord Shiva with his wife Draupadi.
After which, he first reached Pandava Kashi in place of Lord Shiva, but Parmeshwar Shiva did not meet them there. After that, they all tried to find many more places for Lord Shiva. But, wherever all the Pandavas and Draupadi were going, Lord Shiva used to leave the same place.
After which, the five Pandavas and Draupadi arrive at the Himalayas searching for Shiva. But as soon as they all reached Himayala, Shiv Ji hid after seeing them. But, Yuddhister had seen Lord Shiva hiding.
After which, the Yuddhister had told Lord Shiva, “Lord, no matter how much you hide from us, but we will not leave here without having our darshan.” However, the Pandavas knew that Lord Shiva was hiding from them because they had sinned. After which, the Pandavas started moving forward.
The appearance of Lord Shiva to Pandavas:
As soon as they got ahead, a bull on the way attacked them all. Seeing that, Bheem started fighting with the bull. But the bull hid his body in a rock of ice, so Bhima grabbed the bull’s tail and started to pull that on his side. Due to which the head of the bull was separated from his torso. After which the head of that bull was changed to Shiva Linga.
And after some time, Lord Shiva appeared from that Shiva linga. After which Lord Shiva blessed him and all his sins were abetted. The five Pandavas and Draupadi paid obeisance to Lord Shiva after seeing him. After which Lord Shiva showed the path of the Swag to the Pandavas, and had disappeared.
After that, the Pandavas worshiped Shiva Linga. Today the same Shivling is known as Kedarnath Dham. Even today, the presence of Shivalinga in Kedarnath is present in the form of a bull’s head. Because, Lord Shiva himself showed the way for the Pandavas to go to heaven, hence Kedarnath Dham is also called the path of liberation.
According to the beliefs, if a person takes a pledge to see Kedarnath, And if that person dies on the way, then that person does not have to take birth again. That person is freed from all the bonds and transmigration cycle of the world.
Although all the Jyotirlinga is a way of liberation path, Kedarnath is considered the most valuable one because Mahadeva gave his appearances here.
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