After the war of Kurukshetra, the Pandvas set
out on a yatra to Varanasi in order to be
blessed by Lord Shiva and be absolved from the
sin of killing their own brothers-the kauravas.
Lord Shiva, unwilling to give darshan to the
Pandvas, fled from Kashi to Uttrakhand and lived
On being detected by the Pandvas, Shiva went ot
Kedarnath, but the Pandavas followed him. He
assumed the form of a bull and started grazing
amongst the cattle, but even then could not
escape detection by the Pandavas, At dust, when
it was time for the cattle to return home, Bhim
(of gigantic stature, great courage and
strength) stretched his legs across the
mountains (standing on either side of the
Kedamath Valley) in order to identify Shiva. All
the cattle passed under his legs except Shiva,
whom Bhim noticed.
As Bhim bent down to catch hold of him, Shiva
sank into the earth and only his back portion
(the hump) was taken in Bhim's hand. Shiva being
pleased with the determination of the Pandavas,
exonerated them from their sin, gave them
darshan and requested them to worship his hump.
It is from that date the hump of Shiva
worshipped in the Temple of Sri Kedarnath-in the
conical Shiva pinda form.
At Kedar is the hinder part of the Buffallo
(Shiva changed himself into the form of a
buffallo, when Bhim chased him.)
At Madhyamaheshvra is the Nabhi or the middle
part of the Buffalo-Shiva. This place is 21 K.M.
from Ukhimath (via Kalimatha).
At Tungnath is the Bahu or hand of the
Buffalo-Shiva. It is just on the way to
Badrinath and 37 K.M. from Ukhimatha.
At Rudranath is the Mukh (the mouth) of the
Buffalo-Shiva. It is about 19 KM. from
At Kalpeshwar is the Jata (the hair) of the head
of the Buffalo-Shiva. This place is just
opposite to Helangchatti at about 8.7 K.M. from
Helang, on other side of Alaknada.
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