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Kedarnath Shrine Doors Now Open, New Attractions Include Laser Show

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| April 29 , 2018 , 11:59 IST

The doors of the Kedarnath shrine in Uttarakhand's Rudraprayag district were opened for public on Sunday, marking the beginning of the Kedarnath Yatra after the winter break.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat extended a warm welcome to devotees, adding that this year's yatra would have several new features, including a daily laser show on Lord Shiva, who is honoured in the Kedarnath shrine. Uttarakhand  Governor K. K. Paul was also present at the opening of the Kedarnath shrine.

"At Kedarpuri, 'The Eternal Shiva' laser show will be the centre of attraction for devotees. The show depicts various life-like forms of Lord Shiva. It will be held on a daily basis," said CM Rawat.

CM Rawat added that all necessary arrangements have been made by the state government to facilitate a smooth yatra for the pilgrims. For the trek route from Gaurikund to Kedarnath, adequate electricity, water, health and safety arrangements have been made, including availability of doctors at every kilometre along the route. Sufficient boarding arrangements have also been made for the pilgrims. The road from the helipad to the Kedarnath main shrine has also been widened substantially.

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The Uttarakhand CM said that thanks to the well-planned restoration work carried out at Kedarnath, the attractive and grand structure would be visible to all. The restoration work was required after the flash floods of 2013.

Due to extreme weather conditions in the Himalayas where the shrine is located, every year during the winters the Kedarnath temple is closed and the idols are brought down to Ukhimath and worshipped there for six months.

The Kedarnath shrine is typically open from the end of April till November.