Badrinath shrine to open on April 25

Dehra Dun : The portals of the Badrinath shrine, one of the most revered temples of the country, located in Garhwal division of Uttarakhand will be open on April 26 at 5-15 a m after traditional prayers, for the public for the coming season.

BadrinathThe announcement of the opening of the Badrinath shrine was made on Jan 24, the Basant Panchmi day, as per tradition in the royal palace of the erstwhile Tehri rajya. It may be recalled that the Maharaja of Tehri Garhwal was and continues to be the custodian of the famous shrine, which is one of the four major temples of Garhwal that make the char dham yatra.

After prayers in the early hours of Saturday, Acharya Krishna Prasad Uniyal made the announcement of the date of the opening of the revered shrine, after traditional prayers to Lord Ganesh and studying of the ‘panchang’ and the birth horoscope of Manujeyandra Shah, the scion of the erstwhile Tehri rajya, at the Narendra Nagar palace.

Besides being one of the most revered places of shrine in the country which is visited by lakhs of pilgrims annually, Badrinath also figures in the Royal Garhwal Rifles. “Bol Badri Vishal ki jai’, is the war cry of the men of the Garhwal Rifles when they take upon their adversaries during war.

A journalist with over 40 years of experience, Jagdish Bhatt is Editor Hill Post (Uttarakhand). Jagdish has worked with India's leading English dailies, which include Times of India, Indian Express, Pioneer and several other reputed publications. A highly acclaimed journalist, Jagdish is a recipient of many awards, latest being the 2011 Development Journalism Award. He lives in Dehra Dun.

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