Uttarakhand: Kedarnath and Yamunotri shrines to close for winter starting today
The portals of Kedarnath and Yamunotri temples in Uttarakhand will be closed for winter starting today. They will remain shut for six months.
Yesterday, the sacred portals of Gangotri were closed while the Badrinath temple will be closed for winter on November 20.
Gangotri Mandir Samiti co-secretary Rajesh Semwal said the temple gates were closed at 11.45 am. The idol of Goddess Ganga was then taken on a palanquin decked with flowers for Mukhba village, her winter abode, he said.
Over 32,948 pilgrims visited Gangotri this season after the temple was opened for devotees in September amid Covid restrictions such as a limit on the number of devotees.
The shrines of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri are commonly known as Char Dham and with the closure of the Himalayan temples, the annual Char Dham Yatra of Uttarakhand will come to an end.
It should be noted that the four temples, which draw huge crowds of devotees from across the world, are closed every year during winter due to heavy snowfall in the areas.
Due to a number of restrictions imposed on them in view of the Covid-19 pandemic, the temples saw only more than lakh devotees this year.
A daily limit on the number of devotees was initially imposed, however, it was later removed by the Uttarakhand High Court on October 6.