Kedarnath Opens for the Chardham Yatra 2017: PM Modi and Thousands of Pilgrims Offered Prayers on the First Day
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.
Some Interesting Facts About Kedarnath
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.
- Before Kedarnath was asserted as one of the Chardhams in Uttarakhand, the temple was buried under the thick layers of snow for almost 400 years.
- Even though in the flash floods of 2013, the temple submerged in the water, no major damage was reported to it.
- The temple has extremely thick walls that must have been extracted from a mountain. Also, the roof of the shrine is made of single stone. Kedarnath Temple is placed on a 6 feet tall platform and it is simply amazing to realize that how difficult it must have been to carry such heavy stones to such and altitude and then hand-carve them.
- The Shiva Statue in Kedarnath Temple is believe to be headless. It is believed that the head of the statue is in Doleshwor Mahadeva Temple in Bhaktapur, Nepal.
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