President Pranab Mukherjee offered prayers at Badrinath Shrine on the opening of the portals of the temple today.
The State Governor, Dr. K.K. Paul and Chief Minister, Trivendra Singh Rawat were also present on the occasion. Elaborate security arrangements were made in view of the president’s visit.
The portals of the Badrinath shrine opened at 4:15 AM amid chanting of Vedic hymns and elaborate rituals. The portals of Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri shrines in the Garhwal Himalayas have already been thrown open for devotees.