New Delhi: Portals of the Kedarnath temple were opened at 6:10 am today. ‘Darshan’ for the devotees is not allowed at the temple as of now. Only 16 people, including the Chief Priest of the temple, to be present when the portals of the temple open.
Located on the Garhwal Himalayan range near the Mandakini river, Kedarnath is located in Uttarakhand.
Uttarakhand Culture Minister Satpal Maharaj had on Monday announced that the portals of the Kedarnath Temple will be thrown open for pilgrims on May 14. The dates for the pilgrimage are generally decided around the occasion of Shivratri in February and as per the Hindu Panchang in the presence of priests from the Omkareshwar Temple, the Rawal of Bhimashankar Shivling, among others.
However, this year the authorities decided to defer the pilgrimage in the wake of coronavirus outbreak and to ensure safety of pilgrims and maintain social distancing norms to prevent the spread of the disease.