STORY: The doors of Kedarnath Temple, one of the holiest hill shrines for Hindus in India’s northern Uttarakhand state, were reopened for devotees on Thursday (May 09).
Devotees stood in long queues, chanting prayers as they waited to offer prayers to Hindu god of destruction, Shiva. The temple was decorated spectacularly with flowers in the picturesque foreground of ice-capped Himalayan hills.
Kedarnath (lord of the Kedar region) Temple, is a shrine dedicated to Shiva and is a part of the popular pilgrimage route known as the “Chhota Char Dham Yatra” (four destinations smaller pilgrimage) covering four temple towns of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri in Uttarakhand. It attracts hundreds of thousands of devotees every year.
The temple is closed in winter as Kedarnath town receives heavy snowfall every year and roads are blocked. The temple was one of the few structures to withstand the floods in 2013 – Uttarakhand’s worst in decades that killed at least 6,000