24 April, Badrinath
The gates of the Kedarnath shrine were thrown open for devotees amid elaborate rituals early this morning. Chief priest of the shrine, Rawal presided over the opening of the doors of temple and its sanctum sanatorium at 4.50 am. However, President of Kedarnath Badrinath Temple Trust, Ganesh Gadiyal said the daily ritualistic puja at Kedranath temple would start only after the opening of the sacred portals of Bhairavnath temple on 26th of this month.
Governor Dr. K.K Paul, Chief Minister Harish Rawat, and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi among others witnessed the symbolic event of power of faith and human resilience. The Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi trekked 11 km from Gaurikund to attend the opening ceremony.
The idol had reached Kedarnath from its winter seat of Omkareshwar temple in Ukhimath last evening.
The doors of Gangotri and Yamunotri shrine were thrown open to pilgrims on Tuesday, the auspicious occasion of Akshaya Tritiya; while Badrinath temple, the other shrine of the annual Char Dham Yatra would open on April 26.
The shrines are closed for six winter months, during which the idols in the shrine are shifted to their winter abodes.