The sacred boundary of this segment revolves around the patron deity, Kedaeshvara. Spanning a distance of 7.5 km, this pilgrimage route encompasses a total of 126 shrines, temples, and sacred sites. Among them, 72 are dedicated to Shiva and His various forms, 19 to goddesses, 7 to Vinayakas, and the remainder to other deities. According to the KKh (29.28), Kedara is regarded as the land where the seeds of liberation flourish, hence it is replicated in significant holy places across India.
"Just as Kashi is a microcosm of the whole India's sacred geography, so is Kedara a microcosm of Kasi". The merit of Kedareshvara is fully eulogized in the KKh (77.1-14, i.e. full chapter). Its area described in the KKm (3.61-63) is as follows : in the east up to mid-stream of the Ganga, in the southeast about half-krosha (1.76 km), in the south up to Lolarka Kunda, in the southwest up to Sankhudhara Tirtha, in the west Vaidyanatha, in the northwest Lakshmi Kunda, in the north Shulatankeshvara, and in the northeast about half-krosha (1.76 km) in mid-stream of the Ganga.
Lord Shiva appeared as Kedareshwar at Kashi and told Vashisht that performing pooja at Kedareshwar at Kashi will yield seven times greater punya as compared to performing pooja at Kedareshwar at Himalayas (Kashi Khand, Chapter 77).
Til Bhandareshwar Mahadev
Tilbhandeshwar Temple is one of the oldest temples in the Varanasi city, located near to the Bengal Tola Inter College and next to the Madanpura (the most renowned weaver colony). Tilbhandeshwar Temple is dedicated to the Lord Shiva. It is believed that the Shiva Lingam present in the Tilbhandeshwar Temple increases every year by a nominal length. A unique combination of the Malyali and the Banarasi culture is represented by this temple.
Dandapani Temple is a very important temple in Kashi along with the likes of Kaal Bhairav Temple and Kashi Vishwanath Temple. Lord Dandapani was appointed by Lord Shiva as the administrator of Kashi. He punishes the wicked in Kashi and drives them out with his danda. Also decides who comes into Kashi apart from protecting the righteous residents.
Near Prayag Teerth one can find Shool Tankeshwar Ling. A devotee who takes bath religiously in Prayag Teerth and worships Shool Tankeshwar, will attain the benefits equivalent to hundred times the benefits which would have accrued to him, had he taken bath in Prayag (Sangam – Allahabad).
Kashi Khand has attached great importance to Lolark Kund mainly because of the presence of Lolark Aditya (Chapter 46). Of all Teerths, Lolark has been given great importance. Taking bath in Lolark Teerth (now Lolark Kund), performing pooja etc., at this place is considered to be very beneficial to devotees.
Discover the captivating essence of Kedara, a reflection of the magnificence of Kashi. Explore its sacred boundaries and immerse yourself in its profound spiritual energy. Delve into the merits celebrated in the KKh and witness the interconnectedness of these sacred sites.