The portals of Badrinath shrine were reopened to the public amidst Vedic rituals here early on Friday morning. With this, the Char Dham Yatra is in fully open with all the four shrines being opened for devotees after being kept closed for six months of winter. The portals of Bhavishya Badri and Tungnath shrines were also opened on Friday.
Devotees had started queuing outside the shrine from late on Thursday night. At about 3:15 AM, deity Kuber was taken in to the shrine from the southern door. At 3:30 AM, the Rawal (chief priest) Ishwari Prasad Namboodri and others entered the shrine along with the ceremonial idol of deity Uddhav. Before placing the idols of these two deities in the shrine, the idol of goddess Lakshmi was taken out of the shrine and ritually installed in the Lakshmi temple. After traditional rituals, the portals of Badrinath shrine were opened to the public at 4:15 AM. Apart from the Garhwal Scouts band which performed outside the shrine, the women of Mana and Bamni villages also performed traditional folk dance on the occasion. Along with the thousands of devotees present on the occasion, the State’s governor Baby Rani Maurya, MP and former CM Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, Badrinath Kedarnath Temple Committee chairman Mohan Thapliyal and others were also present on the occasion.
Saturday, 11 May 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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