Gangotri closed for winter
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Last Updated: Saturday, November 06, 2010, 15:36
  
Dehradun: The famous Himalayan shrine of Gangotri temporarily closed for five months today on the occasion of 'Annakut Parv', the day after Diwali.

Thousands of pilgrims braved chilly winds for last darshan of the 'Akhand Jyoti' as the chief priest of the Gangotri temple performed a special puja and locked its portals at 1300 hrs, said Sanjiv Semwal, chairman of Gangotri temple committee.

Situated at a height of above 10,000 feet in Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand, Gangotri temple is closed for pilgrims every year in October-November and reopens in April-May the next year as the area remains snow-bound during winters.

After the closure of the shrine, the idol of Goddess Ganga is left at the nearby Mukhba village where it is worshipped during winters.

Gangotri is one of the four main Himalayan shrines, commonly known as 'Char Dham', that also include Badrinath, Kedarnath and Yamunotri.

PTI


First Published: Saturday, November 06, 2010, 15:36


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