* 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.”