Badrinath shrine in Uttarakhand was closed for six months winter break amid chanting of shlokas on Sunday evening. Beating the chill, a huge number of pilgrims and officials of the Badri Kedar Temple Committee (BKTC) were present on this occasion.The portals of Badrinath were thrown open for pilgrims on 6th May. Situated at an altitude of 3,133 metre, the temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It was built by the kings of Garhwal in 8 century AD. Close to 8.5 lakh pilgrims visited the shrine this year. Uttarakhand has four dhams (Char Dhams) – Badrinath, Kedarnath, Yamnotri and Gangotri, where the other three dhams were closed last month. All four of them will be opened in April next year.