Dehra Dun: The portals of the famous
Himalayan shrine of Kedarnath will be reopened for pilgrims
on May 8, officials said on Wednesday.
"Kedarnath temple would be reopened on May 8 at 0500 hrs
in the morning," said Chairman of Shri Badrinath-Kedarnath
The mahurat for reopening of Kedarnath shrine was
decided at Omkareshwar temple in Ukhimath, the winter sojourn
of Lord Shiva, by priests and other religious leaders on the
occasion of Mahashivaratri today, he said.
Kedarnath shrine, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is situated a
height of 3,581 metre in Garhwal Himalayas in Rudraprayag
After reaching the last road head at Gaurikund, the
pilgrims have to undertake an arduous and tough trek of 14 km
to reach the shrine.
Kedarnath is among the four Himalayan shrines called
Chardhams that include Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. The
shrines are closed in October-November each year and reopen in
April-May as the area remains snow-bound during the period.