Process to open Kedarnath portals begin as Kedar Baba’s Utsav Doli starts for shrine
The Army band received the palanquin outside the temple amid chanting of vedic mantras and playing of traditional tunes.dehradun Updated: Apr 26, 2018 21:45 IST
The process to open the portals to the Kedarnath shrine, one of the fabled Char Dhams, began Thursday with the Utsav Doli (palanquin) carrying Kedar Baba leaving the Omkareshwar temple at Ukhimath in Rudraprayag district for his abode in the hills.
The Army band received the palanquin outside the temple amid chanting of vedic mantras and playing of traditional tunes. A crowd of devotees had gathered at the temple to witness the annual event.
The palanquin started its journey towards Kedarnath led by Rawal Bheemshankarling, and head priest Gangadharling, other priests and Vedpathis.
After making night halts at Fata on April 26 and Gaurikund on April 27, the palanquin would reach Kedarnath shrine in the evening on April 28. The portals of temple would open for the devotees on April 29 at 6:15am.
The government has also created a mobile application for the Yatra this year, giving valuable information, including the religious importance of various points on the 14-km long trek from Gaurikund to Kedarnath, said Harish Gaur, media spokesperson, Badri Kedar Temple Committee.
DR Joshi, chief development officer, Rudraprayag said that the district administration has exhorted the local farmers and shopkeepers to make the local organic agriculture produce available for the pilgrims in the markets of various towns on Kedarnath route this year.
The hustle and bustle can already be seen on the Yatra route and the locals are full of enthusiasm as new business opportunities open up after the lull in winter season. The portals to Badrinath shrine would open for the devotees on April 30 at 4:30am.
The annual Chardham Yatra began on April 18 with the opening of the portals to the Gangotri and Yamunotri shrines. Those undertaking the Yatra start from Haridwar for Yamunotri, From there they move to Gangotri, followed by the Kedarnath, before concluding the pilgrimage at Badrinath.