The name “Kedarnath” means “the lord of the field”, it derives from the Sanskrit words kedara (“field”) and natha (“lord”). The text Kashi Kedara Mahatmya states that it is so-called because “the crop of liberation” grows here.
Kedarnath is the most noteworthy and farthest among all jyotirlings. This sanctuary is named after King Kedar who controlled here in Satyuga. The sanctuary is arranged at an elevation of 3583m in the Himalaya in the Rudraprayag locale of Uttarakhand. It is one of the Chardham Yatra goals and is open just for a half year a year because of serious climatic conditions. There is no motorable street to Kedarnath and one either needs to travel 14 km from Gaurikund or ride a pony to arrive at the sanctuary. The other route is through helicopters. The sanctuary is encircled by forcing ice topped pinnacles that make for a beautiful journey. It is said that after the Mahabharata war, the Pandavas completed atonement here. Adi Shankaracharya who restored Hinduism in 800 CE is additionally said to have taken samadhi here and a sanctuary is devoted to him. After the heavy rains of 2013, it has gotten compulsory for lovers to take consent before visiting this jyotirling.
As per Hindu folklore, during the Mahabharatha war, the Pandavas murdered their family members; to exculpate themselves of this transgression, the Pandavas embraced a journey. Be that as it may, Lord Vishweshwara was away in Kailasa in the Himalayas. On learning this, the Pandavas left Kashi. They arrived at the Himalayas by means of Haridwar. They saw Lord Shankara in good ways. Yet, Lord Shankara avoided them. At that point, Dharmaraj stated: “Goodness, Lord, You have concealed yourself from our site since we have trespassed. Be that as it may, we will search You out in some way or another. Simply after we take your Darshan would our wrongdoings be washed away. This spot, where You have concealed Yourself will be known as Guptakashi and turn into a renowned altar.”
From Guptakashi (Rudraprayag), the Pandavas proceeded till they came to Gaurikund in the Himalayas valleys. They meandered there looking for Lord Shankara. At the same time, Nakul and Sahadev found a wild ox which was interesting to take a gander at. At that point, Bheema pursued the wild ox with his mace. The wild ox was sharp and Bheema couldn’t get him. However, Bheema figured out how to hit the wild ox with his mace. The bison had its face covered up in a fissure in the earth. Bheema began to pull it by its tail. In this back-and-forth, the essence of the bison went directly to Nepal, leaving its rear part in Kedar. The face is Doleshwar Mahadev in Sipadol, Bhaktapur, Nepal.
On this rear piece of Mahesha, a JyotirLinga showed up and Lord Shankara showed up from this light. By getting a Darshan of Lord Shankar, the Pandavas were exculpated of their wrongdoings. The Lord told the Pandavas, “Starting now and into the foreseeable future, I will stay here as a three-sided molded JyotirLinga. By taking a Darshan of Kedarnath, lovers would achieve devotion”. A triangular formed stone is loved in Garbhagriha of the sanctuary. Encompassing Kedarnath, there are numerous images of the Pandavas. Raja Pandu kicked the bucket at Pandukeshwar. The tribals here play out a movie called “Pandav Nritya”. The peak where the Pandavas went to Swarga, is known as “Swargarohini”, which is situated off Badrinath. When Darmaraja was leaving for Swarga, one of his fingers fell on the earth. At that place, Dharmaraj introduced a Shiva Linga, which is the size of the thumb. To pick up Mashisharupa, Shankara and Bheema battled with maces. Bheema was hit with regret. He began to rub Lord Shankara’s body with ghee. In memory of this occasion, even today, this three-sided Shiva JyotirLinga is rubbed with ghee. Water and Bel leaves are utilized for love.
At the point when Nara-Narayan went to Badrika town and began the love of Parthiva, Shiva showed up before them. Nara-Narayan wanted that, for the government assistance of the humankind, Shiva ought to stay there in his unique structure. Giving their desire, in the snow-clad Himalayas, in a spot called Kedar, Mahesha himself remained there as a Jyoti. Here, He is known as Kedareshwara.