More than 7.5 lakh pilgrims from all over the world have visited the shrine of Badrinath in Uttarakhand this year breaking the lull since the 2013 flood disaster, an official has said.
The last time such a large pilgrim visit was achieved was in 2010, three years before disaster struck the annual Chaar Dhaam pilgrimage, when flash floods left thousands dead and hundreds missing.
In 2013, 9.25 lakh pilgrims visited the shrine. According to officials of the Temple Trust, between May 6, when the shrine opened after the winter break, and September 10, Badrinath received Rs 11.50 crore in donations and other offerings.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Trust, Mr. B.D. Singh, was confident that this number would further rise till the shrine dedicated to Lord Vishnu closes for the winter break.