Dehradun: The portals of Kedarnath shrine was opened on Wednesday for the pilgrims with Prime Minister Narendra Modi attending the annual 'Kapat' (gate) opening ceremony of holy shrine and offering prayer at temple.
According to reports necessary arrangements including food and medical services have been made at yaatrapadaav between Gaurikund to Kedarnath. In view of the safety of pilgrims biometric registration centre have been established at Agastmuni, Guptkashi, Fata, Sonprayag and Kedarnath. Tentage accommodations for seven thousand pilgrims have also been provided at Lincholi and Kedarnath.
Modi reached the Kedarnath minutes before it reopened its gates at around 8.50 a.m., after the six-month-long winter break. The Prime Minister took part in an important ritual inside the sanctum sanctorum. He was then presented with a miniature replica of the shrine. Kedarnath is one of the four Himalayan shrines on the Char Dham circuit. Earlier, Modi was welcomed by Uttarakhand Governor Krishna Kant Paul and Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on his arrival here.