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Badrinath Temple Opening

08/05/2017

The Char Dham Yatra season 2017 has begun! And a couple of days ago we went to the official opening of Badrinath temple, high up in the Himalayas. For those who could not make it there, below some snapshots of the breathtaking and beautifully decorated site (flower garlands alert!).

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On the opening day, 6. May, also President Pranab Mukherjee was present during the gate opening of shrine. CM Uttarakhand Trivendra Singh Rawat and State Tourism Minister Satpal Maharaj accompanied Mukherjee during his visit (in the picture below with the shrine’s chief priest). 

For the first time in many years, this 1st day celebration in Badrinath was visited by more than tenthousand people, Indians as well as foreigners. Pedestrians around the shrine were so crowded that each visitor had to queue 2-3 hours before entering the temple. And just check the car line on the road leading to Badrinath on the picture below! 

The re-awakened popularity of the four sacred pilgrimage sites is probably linked to a.) the properly rebuilt road network (after the Uttarakhand disaster 2013) and b) Prime Minister Narendra Modi recent visit of Kedarnath. On Wednesday he paid obeisance at Kedarnath as the portals of the shrine were reopened after remaining closed for six months during the winter season.

Be blessed!
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All pictures © 2017 Sohan Tours & Travel (except third from top: Indian Express)


 

 

 

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