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BEAUTIFUL PICTURES: Kedarnath Temple Reopens, Prayers Resume 86 days after Uttarakhand Floods.

The deathly silence brooding over Kedarnath since the June calamity hit Uttarakhand broke early this morning by the chanting of Vedic hym...

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 6th 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 auspicious. (IE Photo: Virendra Negi)

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.
Priests at the Kedarnath temple. (IE Photo: Virendra Negi)

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

The chief priest was accompanied by a large number of teeth purohits and Badrinath Kedarnath Samiti officials.
Rawal Bhima Shankar Ling Shivacharya along with other priests pray at the Kedarnath temple. 

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 temple.





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