Portals Of Kedarnath Shrine Open For Devotees Amid Inclement Weather

Devotees during the opening of the doors of the Kedarnath Temple, in Rudraprayag district.

KEDARNATH, Apr 25: The portals of Kedarnath opened after a winter break on Tuesday morning, with thousands of pilgrims braving sub-zero temperatures to offer prayers at the Himalayan shrine covered in snow. Temple chief priest Rawal Bhima Shankar Ling opened the gates of the temple amid rituals and chanting of shlokas.
Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami also offered prayers at the temple. The pilgrims were showered with flower petals from a helicopter on the occasion. Thousands of pilgrims offered prayers at the temple as its doors were opened after the winter break, Badrinath-Kedarnath Temple Committee Chairman Ajendra Ajay said. Kedarnath and its surroundings areas are covered under a blanket of snow following intermittent snowfall in the area over the past few days. However, snow has been cleared from the trek route for pilgrims.
With the MeT department forecasting inclement weather in the area over the next few days, devotees still on way to the temple have been advised to stay for the time being at the main halts in Rishikesh, Bhadrakali and Vyasi. Kedarnath shrine is part of the Char Dham. Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri are the three other ‘dhams’ located above 10,000-ft in the Garhwal Himalayas. (Agencies)