Kedarnath temple in 1882
Encircled by snow capped peaks of mighty mountains , the photograph was taken in 1882 .Here are few pictures of Kedarnath Temple in 1882. Compare these old pictures of Kedarnath Temple with the latest pictures to see what human greed has done to this holy place. Images are from the Geological Survey of India website. The photos are credited to Carl Griesbach.
close view taken in 1882 .In the beginning there were only small huts around the temple called chhan or chhappar. They were used by priests, saints and devotees. People used to trek all the way to Kedarnath from Haridwar and nearby places. First permanent structure was built around 1960. Then Pandas (or Priests) started building their own tin sheet structures. Large scale construction started in late 70s and 80s. Soon Human Greed looted the place economically and environmentally. Moral values to be followed in the holy place were not followed.
a panoramic view of the snow covered mountains taken in 1882
A large murti of Nandi bull stands as guard outside the temple door. Water used to worship the murti at Kedarnath temple gets collected at the Udak Kund and this water is considered as charnamrit and devotees collect it. The temple also has Goddess Parvati, Ganesha, and Ishaneshwar as subsidiary deities in the parikarama area of the temple. People wishing to perform panda daan for ancestors can do it at the Hansa Kund near the shrine. Retas Kund is a unique water body in the vicinity of the temple. When devotees shout Har Har Mahadev they can see bubbles appearing in the kund. Shankaracharya Samadhi or the final resting place of Adi Shankaracharya is located behind the temple. At walk-able distance is a shrine dedicated to Bhairavnath – the main Gana of Shiva. Kedarnath is also part of the Panch Kedar Temples – Temples where the Pandavas attempted to have darshan of Shiva.