Dehra Dun: The portals of Gangotri shrine,
one of the Chardhams at Garhwal Himalayas, were closed on Sunday
for pilgrims in view of the onset of winter.
Amid chanting of Vedic hymns, the priests locked the
doors of the shrine in the presence of senior administrative
and police officials and devotees, official sources said.
After the closure, the idol of Goddess Ganga was
carried in a palanquin to nearby Mukhba village, denoting the
wintry sojourn of the Goddess, for worship during the winter.
The shrines of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and
Yamunotri -- commonly known as Chardham -- are closed in
October-November every year as they remain snow-bound during
the winter. They will be reopened in April-May for pilgrims.
The portals of Kedarnath and Yamunotri would be closed
on the auspicious `Bhaiyya Duj` tomorrow, to be followed by
Badrinath shrine on November 17.