One of the holiest shrines of Hindus, the Badrinath temple in the upper Himalayan region of Uttarakhand opened on Tuesday after winter break amid traditional rituals. The portals of the temple were opened by the chief priest Ishwar Prasad Namboodiri with rituals in a ceremony that took place at 4.15 am today.
The ceremony was attended by a limited number of people as the state is hit by the second wave of COVID-19. Even the Char Dham Yatra has been temporarily suspended in the state to contain the spread of coronavirus.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat has requested people to perform prayers at their homes. "Safety of public health is our priority. I pray for the health of the people of Lord Badri Vishal," Rawat said.
For the second consecutive year, the temple witnessed a simple, thinly-attended opening ceremony. The temple was decorated with around eight quintals of marigolds on the occasion.
With the opening of Badrinath, all the four Himalayan temples known as char dham are now open in Uttarakhand. Kedarnath opened on Monday while Yamunotri and Gangotri opened on May 14 and 15 respectively.
With inputs from PTI
(Edited by : Ajay Vaishnav)