After Gangotri And Yamunotri, Temple Portals Of Baba Kedarnath To Open Tomorrow

Amid the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic and the nationwide lockdown, the portals of the holy Himalayan shrine of Baba Kedarnath in Uttarakhand's Rudraprayag district will open on Wednesday (29 April).

Updated: Apr 28, 2020 18:21 IST


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Kedarnath to Open Tomorrow

The portals of Baba Kedarnath's holy Himalayan shrine in Uttarakhand's Rudraprayag district will open Wednesday despite the raging Coronavirus pandemic and the nationwide lockdown. The Kedarnath temple portals, one of the country's Chardhams, remain closed due to the heavy snowfall for about six months. After the gates are locked, Lord Kedarnath's idol is moved to his winter residence in Ukhimath, where the deity is decorated for the next six months. Earlier on Sunday (26 April), the palanquin carrying the idol of Baba Kedarnath began its journey from Ukhimath to the temple.

The idol of Lord Kedar was scheduled to reach the temple town of Kedarnath on Tuesday (April 28), after a stay in Bhimbali for overnight. However, on Monday (27 April) the idol was moved to Kedarnath on the administration's orders. On Wednesday, the portals of the temple will be opened with all religious rituals and chanting of Vedic mantras at 6.10 am, after which the idol of the deity will be placed in the shrine.

However, due to the nationwide lockdown, the pilgrimage to the Chardham, including the Kedarnath shrine is not allowed. Earlier, the portals of Gangotri and Yamunotri temples were opened on 26 April. The state government has earlier changed the opening date of the Badrinath temple's portals from 30 April to 15 May due to the lockdown. However, the portal-opening date of Baba Kedar's temple was kept unchanged to 29 April after consultation with Teerth Purohits.