Badrinath Dham ‘kapat’ opened today; first prayer on behalf of PM Modi
After a six-month winter
break, the gates of Badrinath Dham in Chamoli, Uttarakhand, opened on Friday at
4.30 am. However, the devotees can have the darshan via the portal. The first
prayer was performed on behalf of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The PM was also
the first to offer prayers via chief priests at the three other Dhams - Gangotri
and Yamunotri and Kedarnath - that opened recently.
At the Badrinath temple, only 11 people including the priest carried out the ‘Kapat’ (door) opening ceremony. The temple has been decorated with tones of flowers that were earlier sanitised.
The Tourism Minister Satpal Maharaj said, “Presently, only the religious rituals are being performed at the Char Dham shrines and it is not open for the devotees. However, we have requested the Centre to open the yatra for people living in green zones of Uttarakhand.”
Earlier, the Badrinath temple portal was to open on April 30, but then the date was revised by the Tehri royal family, who are the custodians of the shrine, and fixed for May 15. The temple is situated on the banks of the Alaknanda River in Chamoli district at a height of over 10,000 feet.
Meanwhile, the portals of other Dhams - Gangotri and Yamunotri were opened on April 26 while Kedarnath was opened on April 26. The footfall of Char Dham yatra was around 32 lakh in 2019 and of Badrinath alone the turnout of devotees was 11.74 lakh.