Today, the portals of Kedarnath Temple in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand were re-open to pilgrims after six months long winter break.
The gates of the Kedarnath Temple were decorated with flowers, which was opened at 6:15 am in the presence of priests and the number of devotees. The Lord Shiva idol was moved to his winter adobe Omkareshwar Temple at Ukhimath, today was reinstalled at Kedarnath after performing Bhairavnath Puja.
On Tuesday, Kedarnath doli was transferred from its winter seat and reached the destination via Gaurikund today.
With this, the pilgrims can undertake the auspicious Chardham yatra to Badrinath, Kedarnath, Yamunotri, and Gangotri.
On Tuesday, the portals of Yamunotri Dham and Gangotri Dham in Uttarakhand were opened for pilgrims and the doors of Badrinath Temple will re-open tomorrow.
A priest at the temple was quoted saying, “Today people can witness Akhand Jyoti. The main pooja at the temple will begin after opening the gates of Bhairava Temple. This is a 5,100-year-old temple, Pandavas came here after killing Kauravas for salvation. They wanted to give offerings to Lord Shiva but he disguised himself as a bull and hid from them as he was convinced of their guilt and wanted to avoid them. The temple was initially built by the Pandavas.”
Chardham Yatra includes a visit to Kedarnath Temple, which attracts lakhs of devotees and tourists every year from across the nation and foreign countries.
In the advisory, Uttarakhand Tourism Department has asked pilgrims to carry woollen clothes as well as medicines as Kedarnath is situated 11755 feet above the sea level.
Adequate water, electricity, health and safety arrangements were made on the trek route to Kedarnath from Gaurikund for around 3000 devotees. Uttarakhand Government has also arranged shelter facilities for the devotees.
Several latest features, like a daily laser show on Lord Shiva, were introduced to visitors in 2018.
Kedarnath Temple remains closed as the place witnesses heavy snowfall every year from December to February.