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Stage set for resumption of prayers at Kedarnath after nearly 3 months

The stage is all set for resumption of prayers at the calamity-hit Kedarnath shrine on Wednesday, nearly 3 months after flash floods in Uttarakhand left hundreds of pilgrims and locals dead.

The sanctum-sanctorum of the Himalayan shrine has been spruced up under the supervision of a team of Kedarnath-Badrinath Committee and administrative officials.

Prayers will resume on Wednesday in the presence of a 24-member team of priests and temple committee officials after a sanctification and atonement ceremony.

The vice-president of the Badrinath-Kedarnath temple committee Madhu Bhatt said over phone that all the invited members of the committee have reached on the destination point, and all preparations are at final stage. The weather is still not perfect, and the chief Rawal of the temple Bhirmashankar Ling Shivacharya are still waiting for clear weather at Guptkashi.

According to Anand Sharma, director of state meteorological department, there is probability of light to moderate rainfall (5 to 35 mm) in higher hills of Garhwal region, including Kedarnath and Badrinath valley. However, the climate will improve after 13 September.

‘The entire devotees will hear the enchanting of ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ and the ringing of temple bells will be heard in the length and breadth of the country,’ said Kedarnath MLA Shailarani Rawat.

Uttarakhand chief minister Vijay Bahuguan accompanied by his ministerial colleagues will participate in the prayers.

The combing operation launched on Tuesday last in the upper reaches of Kedar valley to trace bodies has been suspended now with the ritual cremation of 185 skeletal remains recovered from Garurchatti and Rambara areas close to the Himalayan shrine, DGP Satyavrat Bansal said. The operation will resume again after the prayers.
Sandeep Bankhwal

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