On Friday, after a six-month-long winter break, the doors of the Badrinath temple in the Garhwal Himalayan range of Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district were open for pilgrim visit.
The doors of the shrine were decorated with flowers and reopened at 4.15 am after a traditional ceremony which was carried out by the priests.
“The portals of the shrine were opened sharp at 4.15 am. Now, Lord Badrinath will remain in his abode for six months,” said the shrine priest Vishweshar Prasad.
The Badrinath temple is situated at 10,000 feet in the Garhwal hills. It is one among the four Char Dham shrines which also include Gangotri, Yamunotri, and Kedarnath in Uttarakhand.
“Pilgrims who visited the temple today got a chance to view the holy Akhand Jyoti. The administration has made shelter, water and sanitation arrangements for the devotees,” said MLA of Badrinath Mahendra Bhatt.
The gates of the temple were closed on November 20 last year as the area was draped by snow.