Ukhand After 86 days prayers resume at Kedarnath Temple

Ukhand After 86 days prayers resume at Kedarnath Temple

By: || Updated: 11 Sep 2013 01:44 AM

Kedarnath: The deathly silence brooding over Kedarnath since
the June calamity hit Uttarakhand broke early this morning by the chanting
of Vedic hymns as prayers resumed at the Himalayan shrine, 86 days after
ravaging floods left over 400 people dead in the Kedar valley.

Shortly after the dawn, as the clock stuck seven, the chief priest of the
8th century shrine, Rawal Bhima Shankar Ling Shivacharya, unlocked the
portals of the temple and stepped into the sanctum-sanctorum to perform
the puja.

The prayers commenced today on Sarwartha Siddi Yog, considered to be

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna, who was also scheduled to
attend the prayers along with some of his ministerial colleagues, could
not take off from Dehradun due to inclement weather.

The Kedar Valley is enveloped in a thick veil of fog and various media
teams, which had to come here to cover the ceremony, are stuck in
Guptkashi, some 22 kilometres from here, due to bad weather.

The Puja began with a 'shuddhikaran' (purification) of the temple and
'prayashchitikaran' (atonement for prolonged suspension of prayers at the

The chief priest was accompanied by a large number of 'teerth' purohits
and Badrinath Kedarnath Samiti officials.

The shrine reverberated with the collective recitals of Vedic hymns and
blowing of conch shells.

However, the resumption of prayers at the 13,500 ft-high shrine is of
limited nature, as no pilgrim is being allowed right now to visit the

A meeting is scheduled to be held on September 30 to decide the date for
resumption of Yatra to the famed Himalayan temple.

The temple, cleaned and spruced up for the occasion, came back to life
after the deathly silence of all these months.

Prayers at the shrine were suspended after the flash floods wreaked havoc
in Uttarakhand, especially in the hill districts of Rudraprayag,
Urttarakashi, Chamoli and Pittoragrh, leading to the death of over 600
people as per official figures, and leaving more than 4,000 missing.

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