The doors of Baba Kedarnath have opened after 6 months. According to the auspicious time, the doors of the temple were opened at 6.25 am with Vedic chanting, after which the Rawal (chief priest) entered the temple carrying Baba’s doli. On this occasion, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami was also present along with 10 thousand devotees.
The temple courtyard is decorated with 10 quintals of flowers. Earlier, on Thursday itself, there was an influx of devotees in Kedarnath. Since the outbreak of Corona epidemic in 2020, devotees were not allowed to have darshan here. Every year the doors were opened and the worship of Baba was done. The devotees were allowed to go to Kedarnath from Gaurikund.
Thousands of devotees from Gaurikund moved towards Kedarnath Dham on Thursday morning. Devotees covered a distance of about 21 km from here on foot, horse or pitthu. The journey that started at 6 in the morning ended at Kedarnath Dham at 4 in the evening. There was an atmosphere of panic due to the arrival of more devotees than capacity, after which thousands of devotees were stopped at Gaurikund. However, on Friday morning everyone was allowed to go to Kedarnath. Baba came out of the samadhi.
It is believed that Baba Kedarnath stays in Samadhi for 6 months for the welfare of the world. On the last day of the closing of the doors of the temple, after the offering, one and a half quintals of Bhabhuti is offered. With the opening of the doors, Baba Kedar wakes up from the samadhi. After this, he gives darshan to the devotees. Baba will be worshiped by the Shaiva Lingayat method.
The temple of Baba Kedarnath is not only the center of reverence and faith for Indians, but also the confluence of the religious culture of North and South India. The worship method is different in North India, but in Baba Kedarnath, the worship is done by the Veer Shaiva Lingayat method of the South. The throne of the temple is occupied by Rawals, who are also called Pramukhs. Rawal’s disciples worship in the temple. Rawal means priest, who belongs to Karnataka.
The temple was built by Adiguru Shankaracharya
Kedarnath is at number three among the Char Dhams of Uttarakhand. This temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. During the Mahabharata period, Shiva appeared here in the form of a bell to the Pandavas. This temple was built by Adiguru Shankaracharya. The temple is situated at an altitude of about 3,581 square meters and is about 16 km from Gaurikund. It is believed that this temple was built by Adiguru Shankaracharya in the 8th-9th century.