Uttarakhand Badrinath Temple Portals Open with Religious Rituals at 4:15 AM | India News

Dehradun: The portals of Badrinath Temple in Uttarakhand opened Tuesday, May 18 at 4:15 a.m. with a religious ceremony. Only a select few attended the temple opening ceremony due to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reiterating public health as the state’s priority, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat tweeted: “Public health safety is our priority. I pray for the health of Lord Badri Vishal’s people.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ‘Char Dham Yatra’ has been temporarily postponed. I ask you all to perform prayers in your home, added Uttarakhand CM.

Earlier Monday, the Kedarnath portals opened after a six-month winter break with the first puja held by priests on behalf of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, officials said.

It is for the second year in a row that COVID has cast a shadow over the pilgrimage to the temple, which has been banned for pilgrims, in view of the increase in coronavirus cases.

An official on Chardham Devasthanam’s board of directors told PTI that the first puja was organized by priests on behalf of the prime minister as the doors to the famous Himalayan temple opened at 5 a.m.

A limited number of temple priests, including Rawal Bhim Shankar Ling and Chief Priest Bagesh Ling, as well as Devasthanam administration and council officials were said to have attended the ceremony.

Expressing his joy at the opening of the temple, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat prayed for the well-being and good health of the people. The temple yatra is temporarily suspended for security reasons, Rawat said, asking people to have a virtual Baba Kedar “darshan” and perform a puja at home.

Tourism Minister Satpal Maharaj said Chardham Yatra will be launched soon after the coronavirus pandemic ends.

Notably, the temples of Yamunotri and Gangotri were opened earlier on May 14 and 15 respectively. No pilgrims will be allowed to visit any of these temples until further notice due to the COVID outbreak.

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Ruth R. Culp