By OUR STAFF REPORTER
DEHRADUN, 1 May: The portals of the Badrinath Shrine are to open on 15 May after those of Gangotri, Yamunotri and Kedarnath have been opened. Arrangements are being made for the occasion at full pace. Snow has been removed from the temple premises and decoration works are underway.
In the meanwhile, the corona report of the Chief Priest of the shrine, who has been under quarantine, has been received as negative. He will be tested again on 4 May to clear any doubts.
The Chief Priest, Rawal Ishwari Prasad Namboodri, who is under quarantine in Rishikesh, declared today that he was in perfect health. His three workers are also in good health. If things remain normal, he would reach the Narsingh Temple in Joshimath on 5 May. The ‘doli’ of Shankracharya would leave the Narsingh Temple on 13 May for the Yog-Dhyan Badri Temple in Pandukeshwar. The next day it would leave for Badrinath and arrive that evening. The ‘Tel Kalash Yatra’ would begin on 5 May from the Narendra Nagar ‘Raj Darbar’. The portals would open at 4:30 a.m. on 15 May.