About: Shankaracharya and Kalpavriksha (Mulberry Tree)

1. Shankar, Later on known as SANKARACHARYA was born in the family of Acharya Shiv Guru about 2500 years ago at village KALTI (Kerala).

2. At the age of 11 years, he came to Badrikaranya, and performed penance for 5 years. It is said that while performing penance, he sat under the tree now known as ‘KALPVRIKSHA‘, where he saw the light (vision).

3. Around that time heterodox atheist forces such as Buddhists, Kapaliks, and Charwaks had started questioning the authority of Vedas and people’s faith in the Vedic religion. They also damaged Badrinath Temple and threw the idol of Badrinarayan into the NARAD KUND of ALAKNANDA.

4. His holiness, Shankaracharya repaired the damaged temple, reinstalled the idol of Badrinaryan, and restarted worship of Badrinath. He established the first of four Hindu monasteries or maths as Jyotirmath (now known as Joshimath).

5. Kalpavriksha is a Mulberry tree that has survived more than 2500 years. People worship Shiv Lingam near the tree. It is also said that Shiv Lingam was also installed by Adi Shankracharya and his holiness used to take rest in the cave near Kalpvriksha.

6. The heads of all the four maths established by Adi Shankaracharyas are also known as Shankaracharyas. Shankaracharyas are symbolic of Lord Shiva.

(source: display board)

Haridwar to Kedarnath Temple – Distance and Directions

Haridwar to Kedarnath Temple Distance is 259 Kms approx.

Haridwar Railway Station > Rishikesh (32 km)

Rishikesh > Vashisht Gufa (18.5 km)

Vashisht Gufa > Devprayag (48 km)

Devprayag > Maletha Band (28 km)

Maletha Band > Srinagar (6 km)

Srinagar > Rudraprayag (36 km)

(Follow National Highway 58 from Haridwar to Rudraprayag)

Rudraprayag > Agastyamuni Temple (17 km)

Agastyamuni Temple > Ukhimath Band (18 km)

Ukhimath Band > Kalimath Band (5 km)

Kalimath Band > Phata Helipad (14.5 km)

Phata Helipad > Soneprayag (16 km)

Soneprayag > Gaurikund (6 km)

Gaurikund > Kedarnath temple (14 km trek)

(Follow National Highway 109 from Rudraprayag to Kedarnath)

Yamunotri Temple – The Holy River Yamuna Exists in Two Different Forms

Yamunotri Temple, Uttarkashi (Uttarakhand, India)

Chandra Mohan – one of the Panda (priests) around the temple shared the little-known knowledge about Yamunotri Temple as per query.

The Yamuna And Ganga Goddess deities within the temple. Tularam Jalan – one of the devotees from Kolkatta (Calcutta) City along with Sitaram Murarka, Chotariya ji re-constructed the temple about 30 years ago as it was not in good shape due to bad weather conditions.

The holy river Yamuna exists in two different forms: One is a Hot water spring and another is the flowing cold water close to the temple. The source of the Yamuna River is Saptrishi Kund about 14 km far up within the Kalindi Parbat (mountain) which is not easily accessible. Thus, devotees offer puja within the temple area.

Thank you – said I, for the narration. Prayers.

Vishwanath and Ardhnareshwar Temple – Lord appeared as Half-Shankar & Half-Parwati

Vishwanath and Ardhnareshwar Temple, Guptkashi (Uttarakhand, India)

Upon the query Naveen Devshali one of the temple care-taker shared the History of Vishwanath and Ardhnareshwar Temple and I with curiosity – listening.

Vishwanath temple is the temple where Lord Shankar disappear and swayambhu (self-manifested) shivalaya appeared.

It is said when Pandavs killed their brothers Kaurav during Kurukshetra war sin was done i.e., Pitra Hatya (killing own family members). Lord Krishna suggested Pandavas to visit Kedar-Khand and pray in front of Lord Shiva. He will only offer Mukti (salvation) for the sin done. Pandav reached KedarKhand (Haridwar-Himalayas) in search of Lord Shankar but the moment Lord was aware of their presence he disappears from the meditating location and move towards Kedarnath. Lord was not willing to meet Pandavas because he thought as Dwapar Yug is about to end and Kalyug will start soon, if Pandavs will be given Mukti then in-future i.e., Kalyug people will repeat such killing acts and will request for the Mukti (salvation).

Because Lord Shankar was meditating at this location and disappeared at this very location the area was named Guptkashi. Kashi is another name of Lord Shankar and Gupt is hidden.

As Lord Shankar was not present Pandavs with the bow & arrow pierced the land to flow the holy stream of Ganga and Jamuna to offer water to dead ancestors i.e., Pitra-Puja. The two water flow present within the temple is Ganga and Jamuna. The hidden flow path is not yet known but within the temple near the shivalaya Ganga is again visible a lit bit. Ganga is coming from Gangotri and Yamuna from Yamnotri.

There is another temple within the area i.e., Ardhnareshwar temple. It is believed Lord Parwati convinced Lord Shankar to appear in front of meditating Pandavs. Lord appeared finally in the form of half-Shankar and half-Parwati to bless Pandavs i.e., why named Ardhnareshwar (half man/half woman).

And I look around – old structures, old wooden doors, old mud walls existence. Happy very Happy. Old is preserved very well and towards the shivalaya. Prayers, donations, and words of Thanks – Thank you, Naveen Ji.

Rishikesh to Yamunotri – Distance and Directions

Laxman Jhula, Rishikesh to Yamunotri Distance is 245 km approx.

Laxman Jhula > Bhadra Kali temple (5 km)

Bhadra Kali > Hindolakhal (20 km)

Hindolakhal > Bemuda Fall (18 km)

Bemuda Fall > Nagni (9 km)

Nagni > Chamba Chowk (9 km)

Chamba Chowk > Uttarkashi bypass turn left

( Uttarkashi bypass is 100 meters approx. )

Uttarkashi byepass turn left > Dharkot (9 km)

Dharkot > Kandikhal (Dabri) (13 km)

Kandikhal (Dabri) > Kandisaur (Cham) (35 km)

Kandisaur (Cham) > Chinyalisaur (14 km)

Chinyalisaur > Dharasu Band turn left (13 km)

Dharasu Band turn left > Brahmakhal (14 km)

Brahmakhal > ShivGufa (Nagarmehargaon) (7 km)

ShivGufa (Nagarmehargaon) > Barkot Band turn right (34 km)

Barkot Band turn right > Ranachatti (33 km)

Ranachatti > Hanumanchatti (3 km)

Hanumanchatti > Yamunotri (9 km) +6 km trek for temple

( follow National Highway 94 from Rishikesh to reach Yamunotri )

Note: Haridwar Railway Station to Rishikesh distance by road approx. 32 km
Haridwar Railway Junction to Yamunotri Temple distance by road 283 km approx.

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