Dehradun: After a gap of six months portals of famous Himalayan shrine Kedarnath on Saturday reopened for pilgrims. The temple, situated in Rudraprayag district at a height of 3,584 meter, was reopened at 0715 hours in the morning according to 'mahurat'.

The 'mahurat' was decided on Mahashivrati at Ukhimath area on February 20. The head priest of the temple, Rawal, performed the 'Abhishek' after openeing of the doors. Thousands of pilgrims flocked the temple after opening of the doors.

The Chardhams, comprising the shrines of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri in Garhwal Himalayas reopen for pilgrims in April-May every year after remaining closed for nearly six months during winters as the area remain snow-bound during the period.

The annual Chardham yatra is considered as a backbone of the thriving religious tourism in the state that attracts nearly 15-16 lakh pilgrims every year from home and abroad.