Among all the Jyotirlingas, Kedarnath is the highest in altitude. It is located in the picturesque Garhwal mountains, 21 kms from Sonprayag. This ancient temple bears the other name of Lord Shiva, Kedar. This temple is built with gigantic stone slabs.
The temple is not directly accessible by road and one has to undertake a 14 km trek through the hill from Gaurikund to reach it. Pilgrims frequently use pony and manchan services to travel to the temple. The temple is not open to pilgrims during winter due to heavy snow. The temple closes on the first day of Kartik (Oct-Nov) and re-opens during Vaishakh (April- May).
When the temple is closed the statue of Lord Shiva is carried down from Kedarnath to Ukhimath. During this time the pilgrims take the darshan of Lord Shiva at Ukhimath. Originally the temple was believed to be built by Pandavas and then by Adi Sankarcharya. One of the holiest shrines in India and is highly revered by the pilgrims.