Dehradun, November 18
Portals of the Central Himalayan Hindu shrine of Badrinath in the Chamoli district of the state today have been closed for the winters. At a height of 10,248 ft above sea level, the Badrinath shrine was closed today afternoon in the presence of priests, dharmadikaris and other temple committee members.

The Badrinath Dham’s temple committee sources said the temple was decked with flowers and other decorations even as the closure rituals continued most part of the day at the temple precincts. The mild snowfall and inclement weather conditions did not deter the devotees in thronging the temple to witness the auspicious occasion.
The ‘utsav doli’ also left Badrinath for Pandukeshwar, where the deity will be worshipped during the winters.
With the closure of the portals of the shrine, the Char Dham yatra has come to a close in the state. The other shrines of Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri have already been closed for the winters.
Badrinarayan temple is situated along the Alaknanda river in the hill town of Badrinath in Uttarakhand. It is widely considered to be one of the holiest Hindu temples and is dedicated to god Vishnu.
The temple and town are one of the four Char Dham and Chota Char Dham pilgrimage sites. It is also one of the 108 Divya Desams, holy shrines for Vaishnavites. The temple is open only six months every year (between the end of April and the beginning of November), due to extreme weather conditions in the Himalayan region.

Tribune News Service

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