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Tīrtha and Tīrthayātrā: Kedarnath
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Kedarnath is a Śaiva pilgrimage site located at the top of the Mandākinī River valley at almost 3,600 meters above sea level. The Mandākinī River valley is part of the Kedarnath valley river system, which is itself part of Rudraprayag district, in the Garhwal region of the new Indian state of Uttarakhand (created in 2000, previously Uttaranchal). Kedarnath is one of the four places of pilgrimage that make up the Uttarakhand cārdhām yātrā (the Uttarakhand four-abode yāt…

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Whitmore, Luke, “Tīrtha and Tīrthayātrā: Kedarnath”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 29 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2018

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