Dehra Dun: The portals of Badrinath shrine
were reopened Wednesday after a gap of six months amid chanting of
The chief priest opened the doors of the temple at 0805
hours as the palanquin carrying the idol of Lord Vishnu was
taken inside the sanctum sanatorium.
Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, who was to be
present at the ceremony, could not make it as bad weather
forced cancellation of his visit. Light snowfall lashed the
area and chilly winds blew around the shrine.
However, braving the foul weather, thousands of pilgrims
lined up to have darshan.
Badrinath temple is situated in Garhwal Himalayas of
Chamoli district at a height of 10,278 feet.
With the opening of Kedarnath shrine the Chardham yatra,
comprising Garhwal shrines of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri
and Yamunotri has commenced in full swing.