Kedarnath shrine reopens for devotees, a year after floods

About 1,252 devotees, including eight foreign nationals visited the shrine on the opening day.

By: Press Trust of India | Published: May 5, 2014 1:20 am
Devotees queue outside the Kedarnath temple to offer their prayers on Sunday. (Virender Negi) Devotees queue outside the Kedarnath temple to offer their prayers on Sunday. (Virender Negi)

*  Sacred portals of the Kedarnath temple were reopened to devotees amid elaborate rituals early Sunday morning, about a year after the shrine was marred by flash floods that had left hundreds of people dead and many stranded.

*  Chief priest of the shrine (Rawal) Bhima Shankar Ling presided over the rituals as its gates were opened amid chanting of vedic hymns.

*  About 1,252 devotees, including eight foreign nationals visited the shrine on the opening day.

*  It is the first “Char Dham” yatra after last year’s calamity when unprecedented flash floods left over 5,000 people dead or missing.

*  Expressing happiness over the first day turnout, Badrinath-Kedarnath temple committee CEO V D Singh said: “The crowd was bigger than expected and much enthusiastic, indicating that the fear psychosis among people following last years tragedy is subsiding.”

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