Dehra Dun, Feb 21: Portals of famous Himalayan shrine of Kedarnath would be reopened for pilgrims after a gap of six months on April 28 this year.
The Kedarnath temple would be reopened on April 28 at 0715 hours in the morning, said Anusuiya Prasad Bhatt, Chairman of Badrinath-Kedarnath temple committee.
The “mahurat” for reopening of Kedarnath temple was decided by the religious officials of the temple on the auspicious occasion of Mahashivrati today at Ukhimath area, the wintry sojourn of Lord Shiva, he said.
The portals of another famous Himalayan shrine of Badrinath would be reopened for pilgrims on April 29.
The Chardhams comprising the shrines of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri nestling in dizzying heights of Garhwal Himalayas reopen for pilgrims in April-May every year after remaining closed for nearly six months during winters as the area remain snow-bound during the period.
Two other shrines of Gangotri and Yamunotri would be reopened on Akshya Tritiya.
While Badrinath is situated at a height of 3133 meters in Chamoli district, Kedarnath is situated in Rudraprayag district at a height of 3584 meter.
Gangotri and Yamunotri shrines are situated at a height of 3200 meter and 3615 meter respectively in Uttarkashi district.
The annual Chardham yatra is considered as a backbone of the thriving religious tourism in the state that attracts nearly 15-16 lakh pilgrims every year from home and abroad.