According to reports, the new head priest opened the doors of the sanctorum at Brahm Muhurat (4 am) on Monday and performed rituals, following which the devotees assembled and offered prayers to Lord Badri-Vishal.

The chief priest of Kedarnath, Bhima Shankar Ling, opened the portals of the shrine to the public amid vedic chanting and rituals on Sunday.
About 1,252 devotees including eight foreign nationals visited the Kedarnath shrine on the opening day.

It is the first 'Char Dham' yatra after last year's calamity.

The annual pilgrimage was struck by the unprecedented flash floods last year causing large-scale loss of lives and property. Over 5,000 people were dead or missing, including pilgrims from various parts of the country.


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