After nearly six months of closure for the winter season, the gates of Kedarnath, located in the upper Garhwal Himalayas, will reopen to pilgrims on April 25. The Badrinath-Kedarnath Mandir Samiti confirmed that the temple’s gates would be opened to worshippers at 6:20 a.m. on Thursday, April 25.
On the auspicious occasion of Mahashivaratri, an event held on Saturday at the Omkareshwar temple in Ukhimath revealed the upcoming date and time for the reopening of the temple gates.
The ceremony was attended by officials from BKTC, tirth purohits, and the district administration.
When Kedarnath closes for the winter, the Shiva idol is transported to the Omkareshwar Temple in Ukhimath, where it is worshipped during the colder months.
The gates to Badrinath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri have traditionally opened on April 27 and April 22, respectively.
The Char Dham temples, including Kedarnath, are closed every year between October and November due to the extreme cold.
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