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Kedarnatha Jyotirlinga

(Ref: Shiva Purana - Koti Rudra Samhita - 19)

Shiva Kedarnath JyotirlingaMeditation: I meditate on the penance of Nara and Narayana, two incarnations of Hari, at Badaryashrama; and appearance of Lord Shiva (Kedarnatha) granting them the boon of abiding in that place for their worship.

Nara and Narayana worships Lord Shiva at Badaryashrama: Nara and Narayana, two incarnations of Hari, performed tapas in Bharata Khanda at Badaryashrama. They worshipped Lord Shiva in a Parthiva Linga. Shiva used to come there daily since he is subservient to his devotees.

Lord Shiva gives boon to Nara and Narayana: They continued to worship Shiva for a long time. Shiva became pleased and one day appeared before them and told them to ask for a boon. They requested Shiva to abide there so that they can worship him.

Lord Shiva abides there in the form of a Jyotirlinga: Lord Shiva abided there in that snow-clad Kedara mountains in the form of a Jyotirlinga (Kedarnatha Jyotirlinga). This Linga was worshipped by Nara and Narayana and it removes all sorrows and sins. Lord Shiva fulfills the wishes of the devotees there. One who sees this Jyotirlinga in the Badari forest becomes free from all sins and finally becomes liberated.

Pilgrimage: Kedarnath Jyotirlinga, Rudraprayag district, Uttarakhand Kedarnath Jyotirlinga, Rudraprayag district, Uttarakhand Kedarnatha Jyotirlinga is identified with Kedarnath temple in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand.

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