Maanasa-yaatraa to the 12 Jyotirlinga's - Kedarnath

Mon Sep 29 15:42:43 CDT 1997

  mahaadripaarshve cha taTe ramantaM
    saMpuujyamaanaM satataM muniindraiH |
    kedaaramiishaM shivamekamiiDe ||

  mahaadripaarshve cha - Near the great mountain range (the Himalayas)
  taTe ramantaM -  (who is) sporting on the banks of (Mandaakinii)
  saMpuujyamaanaM - being worshipped by
  satataM - always
  muniindraiH - the foremost among the sages
  suraasuraiH - gods and demons
  yakshhamahoragaadyaiH - (also) by Yakshhas, great serpents, etc.
  kedaaramiishaM - Lord Kedaara
  shivamekamiiDe -  I praise Shiva, One (without a second)

   I praise Shiva known as Lord Kedaara, the One without a second, who
   sports on the banks of Mandaakinii, near the Himalayas, and who is ever
   worshipped by the foremost of the sages, the gods and demons, and even by
   the Yakshas, the great serpents (such as Vaasuki), and other beings.

   About Kedarnath: This is one of the most important shrines of Hinduism.
   The deity of the temple, Shiva is said to have assumed the form of the
   rump of a bull. He is said to have done so in order to elude the PaaNDavas
   who approached Him so that they could wash away their sins committed due to
   the killing of their cousins, the Kauravas, and other relatives in the battle
   of Kurukshhetra.

   At the entrance to the temple is a statue of nandi, the Divine Bull and the
   vehicle of Shiva. The temple is home to the jyotirlinga, recognized as one
   of the sacred 12 such lingas.

   Kedarnath is about 240 kms. from Haridwar and about 212 kms. from Rishikesh.


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