AND PERIOD OF WORSHIP
is accessible for worship by mortals from April-the time when the sun enters
Mesha, or Aries in Vaisakha to October, when he leaves for Scorpio. During the
winter, Kedar Prabhu is worshipped by gods exclusively; and at that time a
replica of the ford is worshipped by humans at Ukimath, lying at a distance of
60 Km. from the shrine; hence for mortals Ukimath is the permanent seat of
worship. When. the temple is closed, the priests reside at Guptasaki and Ukimath.
The speciality of the priests is that they claim descent from the Rawals - the
High Priests appointed by the Adi Sankara himself,
choosing from amongst Kerala brahmins of pure Aryan origin. Thus, the Namboodri
brahmins are still holding the holy post.