Gaurikund is related with Lord Shiva wife Parvati commonly known as Gauri in all parts of the Country
Gauri Kund is connected with Shiva’s wife Parvati, also known as Gauri in various parts of India. In Hindu folklore, Gauri committed herself to penance involving many ascetic and yogic practices to win over Shiva’s affections. Local tradition claims that Gauri Kund is the spot where Gauri lived while carrying out these practices and it was here that Shiva proposed her for marriage and was finally married at Triyugi Narayan, which is not too far away. This place is also associated with the legend of how Ganesha acquired his elephant head.
The lake is also famous as “Parvati Sarovar” as this was the place where goddess Parvati had acquired her son Ganesha. Goddess Parvati had formed an image of Ganesha from the soap lather on her body and breathed life into it. She placed Ganesha at the entrance of her home as her janitor to prevent anyone from entering while she was bathing. Now Lord Shiva happened to return at this point of time and was stopped by Ganesha. The offended Lord Shiva cut off the boy’s head. Parvati insisted that the boy is brought back to life and Shiva took the head of a wandering elephant and placed it on Ganesha’s body and-and life was restored and Parvati had her son back.
Gayatri Mata Mandir Gaurikund
Char Dham Yatra and Gaurikund Gaurikund is base camp for Kedarnath trek and pilgrims take a night halt before starting trek to Kedarnath temple during their Char Dham yatra. Gaurikund is the final road-head towards Kedarnath and here one continues their yatra towards Badrinath. Several areas are preserved like so as to conserve the beauty of the nature and avoid extinction of the flora and fauna.