Badrinath to reopen on April 29
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Last Updated: Saturday, January 28, 2012, 15:02
  
Dehra Dun: The portals of famous Himalayan shrine of Badrinath will reopen for pilgrims on April 29.

The Badrinath shrine would be reopened at 04:00 hours on April 29, Sri Badrinath-Kedarnath temple committee officials said here on Saturday.

The "mahurat (time)" to reopen the shrine, situated at a height of 3,133 meters in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, was taken by Rajpurohit at Narendranagar Palace of erstwhile Tehri kingdom in the presence of Maharaja Manujendra Shah and others on the auspicious occasion of Basant Panchmi today.

The Chardhams comprising the shrines of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri nestling in dizzying heights of Garhwal Himalayas reopen for pilgrims in April-May every year after remaining closed for nearly six months during winters as the area remain snow-bound during the period.

The decision regarding reopening of Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri would be taken later.

The annual Chardham yatra is considered as a backbone of the thriving religious tourism in the state that attracts nearly 15-16 lakh pilgrims every year from home and abroad.

PTI


First Published: Saturday, January 28, 2012, 15:02


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