After the winter closure of six months, the portals of Kedarnath Pilgrimage opened on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 post mandatory rituals. Around 4000 people are believed to have managed to reach the pilgrimage on the very first day of the Yatra along with our honorary Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, who offered prayers and participated in the ritual bath of Shiva linga in the sanctum sanctorum. The doors of the temple for Kedarnath Yatra 2017 were thrown open 8.50 a.m. Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Trivendra Singh Rawat paid visit to the shrine a day earlier on Tuesday to review the preparations. Click here to read more about Kedarnath Temple.
Amongst the four Hindu pilgrimages that form Chhota Chardham, Kedarnath holds is said to be an important religious tourism destination place in Uttarakhand. The temple has always been associated with tales and legends that reflect miracles and divinity. For instance, when the temple struggled during the horrible flash flood in June 2013, a huge rock, Bhimshila rolled down from the mountains and was stuck at the back of the temple that is reckoned to have protected the temple from major damage. In fact there are several facts and legends about Kedarnath that will compel you to believe in divinity of this place.