The Opening and Closing Date of Kedarnath Temple shrine in 2016
The opening date of Kedarnath Temple is fixed and depends on the Shiva Ratri and decided by priests in Ukhimath. Normally Kedarnath temple opens on Mid May. The closing date of Kedarnath is fixed on Yama Dwitiya (second day after Diwali, November).
The dates for opening & closing of Shri Kedarnath Temple has been announced by the priests.
The Kedarnath Temple was opened on 9 May, 2016.
Akshaya Tritiya Shubh Muhurat
Starting Date & Time : 8th May 2016 at 17:51 PM
Ending Date & Time : 9thMay 2016 at 14:52 PM
Total Duration : 6 Hours 26 Mins
The Kedarnath Temple will closed on 1 November, 2016.
Kedarnath in Winters
During Winters starting from the month of of November, there is heavy snowfall in Kedarnath and all the routes are closed. The shrine is also closed for 6 months. The holy statue of Lord Shiva, is shifted from Garhwal (Kedarkhand) to Ukhimath, and is reinstated at Kedarnath, in the first week of May. It is at this time, that the doors of the temple are thrown open to pilgrims, who gather from all parts of India, for a holy pilgrimage. The shrine closes on the first day of Kartik (October-November) and reopens in Vaishakh (April-May) every year. During its closure the shrine is submerged in snow and worship is performed at Ukhimath.