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Prayer resumes at Kedarnath

Nearly after three months, prayer resumed at Kedarnath shrine at 7 am in the presence of Rawal chief Bhim Shankar Ling Sivacharya and group of 25 priests on Wednesday. The natural catastrophe closed the ongoing Char Dham Yatra in the middle of June month.

In spite of inclement weather, the enthusiasm of invited pilgrims was clearly visible on their faces. The temple was decorated with flowers and rejuvenated and garlanded Nandi statue at the entrance gate was the centre of attraction for the journalists.

The garbhagruha (sanctum sanctorum) was offered with holy waters of Ganga and cow milk and prayer was performed with typical Hindu rituals and traditions.

The temple will remain open till Diwali festival (Kartik). Prayastikaran (realisation of sin) and Shuddikaran (cleansing of environment) prayers was performed by assembled priests and representatives of Shankaracharya by chanting Sanskrit hymns and holy cow’s Panch-gavya products at the precincts of holy shrine.

Cabinet minister Harak Singh Rawat and president of temple committee Ganesh Godiyal along with Kedarnath MLA Shailarani Rawat were also present on the occasion.

Due to bad weather, the chief minister of the state Vijay Bahuguna could not reach the Kedarnath.

He told reporters that government has fulfilled their commitment by performing puja on the fixed date. In the religious matters. On 30 September, it will be decided that whether the halted pilgrimage should be started for common people.

Former CM and senior BJP leader Maj Gen Khanduri said that we are not opposed to the re-opening of Kedarnath temple, but the priority of the state government should be on connecting villages and supplying essential commodities.
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