• Rajasthan

    Cong 99
    BJP 73
    RLM 3
    OTH 24
  • Madhya Pradesh

    Cong 112
    BJP 108
    BSP 2
    OTH 5
  • Chhattisgarh

    Cong 67
    BJP 15
    JCC 7
    OTH 0
  • Telangana

    TRS-AIMIM 95
    TDP-Cong 21
    BJP 1
    OTH 2
  • Mizoram

    MNF 26
    Cong 5
    BJP 1
    OTH 8

* Total Tally Reflects Leads + Wins

Kedarnath Temple portals thrown open for devotees; Uttarakhand Governor KK Paul, Premchand Aggarwal among first to offer prayers

By: | Published: April 29, 2018 9:10 AM

Thousands of devotees braved early morning chill to flock to Kedarnath as portals of the Himalayan shrine were thrown open today after the six-month winter break.

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Thousands of devotees braved early morning chill to flock to Kedarnath as portals of the Himalayan shrine were thrown open today after the six-month winter break. Uttarakhand Governor K K Paul and Speaker Premchand Aggarwal were among the first to offer prayers at the shrine as its gates were opened by Rawal Bhimashankar Ling at 6.15 AM in the presence of administrative and temple committee officials. The idol of baba Kedar brought in a flower bedecked palanquin from Ukhimath’s Omkareshwar Temple where he is worshipped during winter was installed in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple amid elaborate rituals and chants of vedic hymns before the main gates of the temple were thrown open to devotees to pay obeisance.

With the opening of  Kedarnath  today and Badrinath temple scheduled to reopen tomorrow the number of chardham yatris  is all set to get a boost in the coming days. The gap of about 11 days between the openings of Yamunotri-Gangotri (Apr 18)  and Kedarnath-Badrinath was being reckoned as a factor behind the lukewarm opening of chardham Yatra this year.

Likely to be visited in the coming days  by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is personally monitoring reconstruction work at Kedarpuri, several new attractions can be availed by devotees at Kedarnath this season including a laser show on Lord Shiva and improved facilities, officials said. 

Portals of the four famous Himalayan shrines of Uttarakhand are closed every year with the onset of winter as they become snowbound and reopened with the start of summer.

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