Saturday, 28 January 2023 | PNS | NEW TEHRI
Amidst uncertainty resulting from the land subsidence in Joshimath- the gateway to Badrinath, the date for reopening of this major shrine to lord Vishnu has been announced. The Badrinath temple will be reopened to the public on April 27 at 7:10 AM. The reopening date was arrived at in a ritual ceremony held at the erstwhile Tehri royal family’s palace in Narendranagar on the occasion of Vasant Panchami on Thursday. The date and timing for the opening the temple gates were announced by the priests of the erstwhile Tehri king Manujendra Shah. The date for the opening of the temple gates is decided on the basis of the erstwhile Tehri king’s horoscope as per traditions. The ‘Gadu Ghada’ (oil pot) Yatra will begin on April 12. It is worth mentioning here that Badrinath is one of the Char Dham shrines established across India and the Char Dham shrines in Uttarakhand which registers the maximum footfalls of visitors among all the Char Dham shrines in Uttarakhand.
It will be recalled that though some have questions at the manner in which the pilgrimage will be conducted considering the disaster being experienced in Joshimath due to land subsidence, the authorities have maintained that the pilgrimage may be regulated but will not be affected majorly by the situation in Joshimath.