Impressive blue portals of flower- bedecked Himalayan shrine of Kedarnath were today opened amid reverberation of vedic chants accompanied by sounds of conch, bells, cymbals and joyful cries of ‘’Jai Kedareshwar Mahadev’’ in a welcome contrast to the desolate look it has bore since being ravaged by the mid-June flash floods.
The bright saffron and yellow colours helped to perk up mood against the backdrop of brooding mountains covered with dense fog.
The imposing temple walls, doors, railings, pillars and the deities were covered with strings of marigold flowers.
Even the priests and most devotees favoured the auspicious colours donning either saffron, yellow apparels or draping scarves or stoles of these shades around their necks.
The elaborate purification, atonement, hawan, anointment, shringar, shodashapchar, aarti and bhog ceremonies were held for about four-hours during the auspicious ‘Sarvarth Siddhi Amrit Yog’ beginning 0700 hrs under the guidance of Chief priest Bheema Shankarlinga and a battery of priests in presence of cabinet minister Harak Singh Rawat, Kedarnath legislator Shailarani Rawat and Badri-Kedar, temple committee president Ganesh Gondiyal among others.
The prayers were offered to the statue of Lord Ganesha and the Nandi bull before opening the temple doors.
Nearly 300 workers from the Public Works Department (PWD) have worked tirelessly for the opening.
A semblance of festivity was sought to be created with clothes and rugs of bright colours covering the area in a bid to remove the tell-tale signs of the devastation that had turned one of the holiest of Hindu shrine into a desolate site swamped by water, silt and bodies of hapless devotees about three months ago.
The area upto 50 metre around the temple has been cleared but with the weather continuing to be inclement, it would
take much longer to clean and rebuild the entire area.