State in touch with Centre for resumption of Yatra at proper time
The Badrinath shrine was ritually reopened for the summer on Friday at 4:30 AM. With this, all the Char Dham shrines are open now though devotees are not being allowed to visit these shrines presently in view of the restrictions imposed to contain the spread of Covid-19.
The Badrinath shrine was decked up in about 10 quintals of flowers on the occasion. Though various rituals were followed as per the tradition, the army band, crowds of devotees attending the occasion with many singing traditional bhajans were not part of the occasion this time. Only the Rawal (chief priest) Ishwari Prasad Namboodri and a limited number of other priests and staff were present on the occasion. Social distancing was maintained and masks were worn by those present in the shrine. The ritual procedure for reopening the shrine began at 3 AM. As done in Kedarnath and Gangotri, the first prayer was offered in Badrinath on behalf of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking the welfare and good health of humanity. According to officials, the pujas booked online by devotees will also be conducted in their name. Various other shrines in Badrinath were also reopened on the occasion though the market has remained closed.
Meanwhile, chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat greeted the devotees across India and abroad on the reopening of Badrinath temple’s portals. He expressed hope that the Covid-19 pandemic will be overcome soon and with resumption of the Char Dham Yatra after that the devotees will be able to visit the shrine to offer their prayers.
The State’s Tourism and Culture minister Satpal Maharaj also greeted the people on the occasion, stating that the Char Dham Yatra will be started at the proper time. He said that he is in touch with the Centre regarding this.
Saturday, 16 May 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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