Bengaluru, Nov 9: Portals of holy shrine Kedarnath temple have been closed on Friday for the winter season. The temple closes right after Diwali and its deity is brought to Ukhimath where its worship continues for next six months of winter.
The Kedarnath Temple opens every year in the month of April-May for the devotees and closes in winter around the third week of November.
Thus, the temple is shut down for six months every year during which prayers to deity of Lord Shiva continues at Onkareshwar Temple in Ukhimath.
The dates for opening date of Shri Kedarnath Temple is announced by the priests on the auspicious day of Basant Panchmi. This year , Kedarnath Temple opened on May, 29.
Therefore the best time to visit Kedarnath Dham is between April and November with April to mid-June and October to mid-November being ideal most.
PM in Kedarnath
Prime Minister Narendra Modi offering prayers at Kedarnath Temple, in Uttarakhand on Wednesday, Nov. 07, 2018. @narendramodi twitter via PTI
Reconstruction in Kedarnath
Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Kedarnath Temple; takes an overview of the progress of reconstruction projects, in Uttarakhand on Wednesday, Nov. 07, 2018. (PIB Photo via PTI)
A view of Kedarnath Temple, after a monsoon alert was issue to the pilgrims, in Kedarnath on Friday, July 13, 2018. (PTI Photo)
A porter carries an elderly person on his back as he walks towards the Kedarnath temple during the yatra, in Rudraprayag on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (PTI Photo)
Pilgrimage during monsoon season
Devotees make their way to Kedarnath Temple, in Kedarnath on Thursday, July 12, 2018. (PTI Photo)