A magnificent Lord Shiva laser show enthralled the pilgrims at Kedarnath shrine in Uttarakhand, portals of which were thrown open on Sunday after a six-month winter break. The laser show set against the Himalayas at the famous shrine, astounded the devotees.
With the opening of Kedarnath on Sunday and Badrinath temple scheduled to reopen on April 30 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.
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.
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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