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Portals of Kedarnath temple opened | Dehradun News – Times of India

DEHRADUN: Portals of 11th Jyotirling, Kedarnath, opened at 5am on Monday amid ritualistic chanting of mantras. Tourism minister Satpal Maharaj offered his virtual tributes to the lord while temple priests performed first ‘rudra abhishek’ on behalf of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The government, last month, had suspended the yatra for pilgrims until further orders. Notably, last year, the Char Dham Yatra had started for people of Uttarakhand on July 1 due to the rise in Covid cases.
As per the estimate of Devasthanam board, over 3.2 lakh devotees visited Char Dham temples, including Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. More than 90% of whom visited Badrinath and Kedarnath temples.
“Respecting the sentiments of the devotees at the time of crisis, we are preparing to hold virtual darshan of Char Dham. People will be able to take a glimpse of the gods by a click of their remote. I spoke to the chief minister and he gave permission for the same,” said tourism minister…

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