Gauri Kund is an important place on the begning of trek to Sri Kedarnath , here is a hot water spring which is connected with Lord Shiva’s wife Parvati also known as Gauri. Legend is that Ma Gauri wanted to marry the Lord Shiva and please him she did lots of penance and Yogic practice, during this period she lived here and it was in this place lord Shiva accepted her ,they were finally married at Triyugi Narayan, which is about 15 km from here, this place is also said to be where Ma Gauri made Lord Ganaesha out of soap suds, gave life and placed at the entrance when Lord Shiva was stopped by him he was beheaded and when came to know the facts placed the elephants head on the body to give him the life. devotees take bath in the hot spring before starting their trek to Sri Kedarnath. Just as the Kedarnath temple closes in the winter so is this temple and images are taken to the nearby village for the daily rites and puja.
In the olden days pilgrims use to stay a night at Gauri kund have a bath in the hot water spring perform the puja and next morning proceed to Sri Kedarnath but now mostly they proceed same day to save the time.
One can see the rate chart here for registering and performing puja at Sri Kedarnath Shrine.
During the floods in 2013 this places had maximum impact of flood water and yatra was suspended for one year from Gauri Kund . This year 2015 the trek ( Yatra) is repaired and expected to be operational from April trek will start again from here to Rambara 07 km on the right bank of river Mandakini then cross the bridge over Mandakini river trek 06 km on left bank to reach Limchuli, from here almost a plain trek 3.5 km to Sri Kedarnath .
Palki, Mules and Pitthu porters are also available from here, it is advised to hire these services through the office of Zila Panchaayat very next to the gate from where the trek starts. they issue the receipt for the money paid and give a token number of porter who is registered with them.
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