According to the announcement, the sacred doors of the Kedarnath temple will open to pilgrims for the first time this year on May 6 at 6:25 a.m.
As per some reports, the auspicious time and date for the opening of the sacred temple devoted to Lord Shiva have been declared during a brief religious ritual held at the Omkareshwar temple on the celebration of Maha Shivaratri.
According to Harish Gaud of the Badri-Kedar temple committee, the temple gates will be flung open on Vrishchik Lagna, adding that Kedarnath chief priest Rawal Bhimashankar Ling and Badri-Kedar Mandir Samiti president Ajendra Ajay will be present on the occasion.
During the winters, when the portals of the Himalayan temple are closed due to snowbound conditions in the area, Kedarnath is worshipped at the Omkareshwar temple in Ukhimath.
On May 2, the Panchmukhi (five-faced) statue of Lord Shiva will be transported to Kedarnath in an exquisite palanquin decked with flowers from the Omkareshwar temple here.