Panch Kedar

In the year 1928, a young Bengali traveler by the name of Umaprasad Mukhopadhyay journeyed up to Hardwar and Rhishikesh at the foot of the Garhwal Himalayas, in the state now known as Uttaranchal. From there, he embarked on a 300-mile walk through the mountains to the shrine of Kedarnath, one of the most venerated temples of Lord Shiva in the Indian subcontinent. The journey was long and arduous and had to be covered almost wholly on foot. The young traveler was so entranced by experience, that he returned many times to these sacred mountains, which now had become for him an abiding obsession. Not only was our young traveler energetic enough to tramp the steep mountain trails, he was also an impeccable record keeper. From his extensive journals emerged the first systematic accounts of the romance of the five temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, or the Panch Kedar.
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