Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna convened a meeting of Badri-Kedar Mandir Samiti on Friday to decide a date for resumption of prayers at Kedarnath where the ritual came to a halt after the natural calamity hit the state in June. The prayers at Kedarnath shrine will now commence from September 11.
Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati and the Rawal (head priest) of the Himalayan temple Bhimashankar Ling were among other members to attend the meeting.
Earlier on July 31, Bahuguna while speaking to the reporters said, "Cleaning of the sanctum sanctorum of the temple and its interiors is almost complete but transportation of heavy stone cutting equipment to the shrine to clear the huge quantity of debris lying in the area has been delayed by bad weather."
However, Bahuguna clarified that clearing the debris at the shrine and resumption of regular prayers are separate issues.
Efforts are under way to resume prayers at the shrine at the earliest, he said.
Accounting for the highest casualties, Kedar valley bore the brunt of the 'Himalayan Tsunami' that struck Uttarakhand on June 16-17 but the sanctum sanctorum of the Himalayan shrine remained unharmed.
However, prayers at the high altitude temple have been closed ever since the tragedy occurred on June 16.