The venerated Kedarnath hallowed place in Uttarakhand will open for pilgrims on April 29, authorities said today. As per the convention, the date for opening the eighth century Shiva sanctuary was proclaimed after discussion among celestial prophets and ministers, at a gathering held at the Shri Onkareshwar sanctuary in Ukhimath in Rudraprayag locale of Uttarakhand on Wednesday.
Every year lacs of devotees visit Kedarnath and the Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is situated on the Garhwal Himalayan range near the Mandakini river in Kedarnath. Every year, the temple is open only between the end of April (Akshaya Tritiya) to November (Kartik Purnima – the autumn full moon). In winter due to high altitude region, the weather conditions are extreme and Kedarnath shrines closed for six months.
The Kedarnath temple is 223 km from Rishikesh. The temple is not connected from road path and pilgrims has to cover 18 kilometers (11 mi) uphill trek by foot from Gaurikund.
Authorities said that the timing for the opening of the sanctuary entryways has been settled at 6.15 a.m. Kedarnath is one of the four altars of the celebrated yearly journey – Chaar Dhaam Yatra – which draws in a large number of explorers from everywhere throughout the world consistently.