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- KEDAR SAMBHU JYOTIRLINGA
Purana testifies to the account thus : "At Kedara, Lord Siva
Himself has been worshipped from time immemorial by gods and the
nationals of Bharata Khanda. Kedara Sambhu, the Lord of the cosmos
is undoubtedly the exalted presiding deity of this sacred Bharata
Varsha and the yielder of all desires". It is also mentioned
that giving dana of a kankana-arm ring here has special merit.
Offering of pindas to the ancestors after a dip in the river
Mandakini brings forth enviable merit and liberates the entire kula.
Sraddhas at any place in this region are efficacious and yield
greater benefits. It is said that anyone who drinks the water from
Retaskund here is freed from rebirth; and here Siva stays
permanently and the place goes by the name Isana Sikara. It is the
spiritual EL Dorado of the Saivates from the dawn of religion.