Chardham yatra ends with closure of Badrinath portals
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Last Updated: Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 18:32
Dehradun: The annual pilgrimage to Chardham comprising Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri ended on Tuesday with the closure of portals of Badrinath for the winter period.

Main priest of Badrinath temple, perched in dizzying heights of Garhwal Himalayas locked the doors after Vedic rituals were held at 1540 hours in the presence of senior administrative and police officials, said Chairman of Badrinath Kedarnath temple committee Suratram Nautiyal.

Thousands of pilgrims were also present to witness the closing ceremony braving chilly winds blowing outside the temple.

While, the portals of Kedarnath and Yamunotri were closed on October 19 on the occasion of Bhaiyya Duj, Gangotri temple was closed on October 17.

Gangotri and Yamunotri shrines are situated at a height of 3,200 and 4,421 meters respectively in Uttarkashi district, while Badrinath is located in Chamoli district at a height of 3,133 meters and Kedarnath is situated in Rudraprayag district at a height of 3,581 meters.

The Chardham yatra is considered as the backbone of the thriving religious tourism in Uttarakhand that attracts lakhs of pilgrims every year from home and abroad.

The portals of chardham remain closed from November to April, as the area remains snow-bound during the winters.

All the four shrines would now reopen for pilgrims after a gap of six months in April-May next year.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 18:32

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