A decision on this was taken on Dussehra by the management committee of the Badrinath shrine after seeing the auspicious timing in the almanac. Officials said that the doors would close for the winter breaks starting November 18 at 7:38 pm.

The beginning of the closure process was initiated with the ‘panchak puja’ on Sunday. "The closure would be completed with proper puja on November 18 under the Rohini Nakshatra and Mithun Lagna," an official said.

The shrine would remain close for the next six months due to the annual winter breaks. The Badrinath Yatra, which is part of the ‘Char Dham Yatra’ undertaken every year along with pilgrimage to Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri, was interrupted in June after flash floods ravaged the entire area and ripped off the roads.

Thousands of pilgrims were stranded enroute to Badrinath and hundreds killed in the Kedar valley. Hundreds have since been missing and are presumed dead now.

(Agencies)

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