Kedarnath has a mythological history that is dated to the times of Mahabharata. It is said that the Pandavas had performed strict penance at this place to appease lord Shiva to forgive their sins of killing their cousins, Kauravas. Later, Adi Shankaracharya rebuilt this temple at the same place under the Vedic guidelines. It is said that this place has been the abode of many mystics as this place is an epicenter of releasing many energies. This temple holds significance, as lord Shiva, whose consciousness is understood by those who understand unrestrained freedom within, the creative force that which is not bound by doctrines and gospels. This temple also has one of the Jyorthirlings of Lord Shiva. It is best to visit this temple is during the first six months of the year as for the next six months the temple is closed due to snowfall. These months are considered to be auspicious according to Hinduism. All your sorrows are said to vanish, when you visit Kedarnath. This place is said to have taken away all the sorrows of Pandavas during the times of Mahabharata.
Also known as the Neelkanth Parvata, Bhadrinath is also one of the most revered abodes of Lord Vishnu. Situated in Uttrakhand, on the banks of Alaknanda River, is the temple of Lord Shiva. This is said to be the original place where Lord Shiva and Parvathi had lived over many years. It is said that Lord Vishnu, had meditated in this place under the Bhadri tree and that is how this place has gained importance. Also, established by Adi Shankaracharya, this place has Shaligram, the black stone that represents Lord Vishnu. The idol of Lord Vishnu is self manifested at this place. Hence, these temples which have, ‘Swyambhoo’ or self manifested idols of gods are said to hold significance in Hinduism.
This is one of the four sacred sites for Hindus. The water from river Ganges is taken to perform rituals for Lord Shiva. It is said that the water of this river contains nectar which is used for performing rituals of Lord Shiva. It is said that Goddess Ganga had descended from heaven to Earth in the form of a river to wash away the sins of Bhagirath and his ancestors. A shrine of Lord Shiva in Gangotri is believed to be the place where Lord Shiva had tied the river in his locks and left the water in the form of streams at this place. This submerged Shivling is said to have appeared all by itself, and has not been installed by anyone. The ideal places to visit this Dham is bewteen the months of May to June and September to October. A special puja is conducted on the day of Akshay Tritiya. The glaciers of Gangotri make for adventurous biking hikes. It is said that visiting all the 4 Dhams the past life sins are washed away.