New Delhi, April 29: Amid the chanting of Vedic hymns, the portals of Kedarnath shrine were opened for devotees at 6:15 AM on Sunday, in the presence of Governor KK Paul. Located at a height of around 12,000 feet, the Kedarnath shrine, which attracts lakhs of devotees and tourists from all over the country as well as abroad every year, was closed with the onset of the winter. Also Read - Uttarakhand Geared Up to Play Host to First-ever Snow Leopard Tours, All You Need to Know

Earlier on Saturday, Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat had extended a warm welcome to devotees visiting the famous shrine in Garhwal Himalayas. He had informed that this years ‘yatra’ would have several new features, including a daily laser show on Lord Shiva, to make the visitors experience even more cherishable. Also Read - Head To Uttarakhand’s Mini Switzerland, Chopta, To Beat January Blues

He had assured that all arrangements like electricity, water,  health and safety have been ensured on the trek route from Gaurikund to Kedarnath.  Availability of doctors has also been ensured at every kilometer along the route. Also Read - Khirsu: A Hidden Gem of Uttarakhand, Know The Places in And Around The Hill Station to Visit

“Enough boarding arrangements have also been made for the pilgirms, the chief minister said, adding,”the road from the helipad to the temple has also been widened substantially.”

Meanwhile, this year 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.