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Kedarnath shrine reopens amid COVID-19 lockdown

Rudraprayag: The doorways of the Himalayan shrine the Kedarnath Dham had been opened on Wednesday at 6.10 a.m. and the ‘Rudrabhishek Pooja’ was supplied by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. On the event, Uttarakhand Chief Minister additionally greeted all devotees.

That is the primary time when the ‘abhiskek’ and ‘arati’ have been performed within the absence of devotees because the Lord Shiva shrine opened as per schedule even amid the COVID-19 lockdown following the coronavirus outbreak. Nobody was allowed to go to the temple.

A particular worship was performed on the temple at three a.m. and thereafter chief priest Shiv Shankar Ling did the ‘Samadhi Pooja’ together with different formalities.

Harish Gaur, media in-charge of Devasthanam Board, stated: “Keeping in mind the social distancing norms, Shivshankar Linga performed the ‘Jalabhisheka’ of Lord Kedarnath. After the opening of the doors, the first Rudrabhishek Pooja was performed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”

The temple has been embellished with 10 quintal of marigold, rose and different flowers by Satish Kalra, the donor from Rishikesh. Not like earlier years, the military band didn’t be a part of the door opening ceremony of the Kedarnath Dham this time.

In actual fact, priest Shivshankar Linga got here rather than Rawal Bhimashankar Linga of Kedarnath Dham, who has been in quarantine for the final 14 days in Ukhimath.

Gaur stated, “In view of the seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic, a limited number of board personnel, Hakukdhari Tirtha Purohit and people of administration have been allowed to visit the Kedarnath Dham.”

Gaur stated, “With the opening of the doors of Kedarnath, the doors of three of the Char Dhams of Uttarakhand have been opened. The doors of Sri Gangotri-Yamunotri Dham opened on April 26 on the occasion of Akshaya Tritiya, while the doors of Shri Badrinath Dham will open on May 15.”

In the meantime, the Chief Minister, in a tweet in Hindi, stated: “The doors of Kedarnath Dham have opened today. My wishes and congratulations to all of the devotees. I wish that we would always continue to get the blessings of Shri Kedarnathji. The doors have been opened only to a limited number due to the coronavirus. May Lord Kedarnath make us capable of fighting this pandemic. May all devotees of Lord Shiva be healthy, happy, and may the god bless the entire world.”

Uttarakhand Meeting Speaker Premchand Aggrawal, Tourism Minister Satpal Maharaj, and Chardham Growth Council Acharya Shiv Prasad Mamgai additionally congratulated folks on the event.

The path main as much as the Kedarnath temple was coated with ice that has been eliminated by reducing via the glacier.

(IANS)

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