Earlier, the process for reopening the gates of the famous Himalayan shrine began on April 28. The idol of Lord Vishnu in a colourful palanquin was carried by devotees and priests that the Nrisingh temple of Joshimath on April 28 where it is worshipped during winters for Badrinath in the form of a procession and halt for the night at Pandukeshwar.
Lakhs of devotees from across the country and abroad visit the temples during the annual yatra season which is considered the backbone of the economy of the Garhwal Himalayas.
The gates of the Char Dham consisting of four Himalayan shrines, including Badrinath, are closed during October-November every year for the winters due to snowbound conditions in the area. They are reopened every year in April-May.