Buda Kedar, a beautiful village lying in the cradle of nature, is located in Tehri Garhwal District of Uttarakhand state of India. The Village is surrounded by steep hills covered with lush green deodar forests.
Buda Kedar which is about 60 km by road from New Tehri is well known for Buda Kedar Temple. Dotted with numerous huts and terraced fields for cultivation amidst mountainous Garhwal Himalayas, Buda Kedar gives an opportunity to visitor a glimpse into the lives of hill folk.
Buda Kedar, besides being famous for its temple is also proves to be a bird watcher’s paradise. Huge variety of colorful mountain birds can be sighted here in their natural environment. Trekking through the wooded hills is also a hit amongst the adventurous lot of tourists.
Buda Kedar Temple
The Buda Kedar Temple is located at the confluence of rivers Bal Ganga and Dharam Ganga and is about 59 Km by motorable distance from New Tehri. The legendary Duryodhana of Mahabharata is believed to have offered Tarpana here.
As the legend goes, during Mahabharata era, Pandavas after the battle of Kurukshetra went on a lookout for Lord Shiva. In their journey, they encountered Rishi Balkhily at Bhrigu Parvat. The Rishi directed the Pandavas to the site of confluence to meet an old man who was meditating there.
When the Pandavas finally reached the site of confluence, the old man vanished and instead a huge Shiv Linga appeared. Rishi Balkhily asked the Panadavas to embrace the Shiv Linga in order to free themselves from their sins committed. This they did leaving their impressions stamped on the Shiv Linga. This Shiv Linga is considered the biggest Shiv Linga in northern India.
How to Reach
By road, it is well connected with New Tehri (60km) and other important destinations of the region. Nearest railhead is at Rishikesh and nearest airport is Jolly Grant of Dehradun.