Kedarnath temple’s portals to reopen for pilgrims on May 6

The temple was closed for six months starting on November 6th for the winter season. Lord Shiva’s panchmukhi (five-faced) statue will depart from Omkareshwar on May 2.

This year, the Kedarnath Temple in Uttarakhand will open its doors to pilgrims at 6.25 a.m. on May 6.  The temple as closed for six months starting on November 6th for the winter season.

After a brief religious ceremony at Omkareshwar temple on the festival of Mahashivaratri on Tuesday, the date and time for the opening of the Himalayan temple dedicated to Lord Shiva were revealed.


The event was attended by Kedarnath’s main priest Rawal Bhimashankar Ling and Badri-Kedar Mandir Samiti president Ajendra Ajay.
Harish Gaud, a member of the Badri-Kedar temple committee, said the temple gates will be slowly open at Vrishchik Lagna.

Lord Shiva’s panchmukhi (five-faced) statue will travel for Kedarnath on May 2 in an exquisite chariot decked with flowers from the Omkareshwar temple here it will depart from Vishwanath Temple, Guptkashi on 3 May.

The trip will start from Phata on May 4 with an overnight stop in Gaurikund via Sonprayag. On May 5, it will leave Gaurikund and go to Kedarnath via Junglechatti, Lincholi, and Rudra Point. The preparations for the Kedarnath Yatra began today as well.

Kedarnath Temple is one of the four ancient pilgrimage sites known as the ‘Char Dham,’ which also includes Yamunotri, Gangotri, and Badrinath. It is located on the Mandakini river’s bank. Jagad Guru Adi Shankaracharya built it in the seventh century AD.