Dehra Dun: Portals of Himalayan shrines of
Kedarnath and Yamunotri shrines were closed for the winter
season, on Bhaiya Duj on Sunday.
Amid sounds of conch shells and drum beating, chief
priests of both the shrines performed special puja and closed
the doors for pilgrims for a period of six months, in the
presence of administrative officials, Vice Chairman of
Chardham Vikas Parishad Surat Ram Nautiyal said.
Kedarnath shrine, situated in Rudraprayag district, was
closed at 0830 hrs in the morning while Yamunotri in
Uttarkashi district was closed at 1345 hrs, he added.
Thousands of pilgrims were present in the premises of the
temples, braving chilly winds at the closing ceremony.
Another Himalayan shrine of Gangotri, situated at a
height of over 10,000 feet in Uttarkashi district of
Uttarakhand, was closed on the occasion of "Annakut parv"
yesterday. Badrinath shrine, dedicated to Lord Vishnu in
Chamoli district would be closed on November 18.
The four Himalayan shrines of Badrinath, Kedarnath,
Gangotri and Yamunotri, collectively known as Chardham are
closed in October-November every year as the area remains
snow-bound during winters and reopened in Apr-May next year.
During the six-month long Yatra season, the four shrines
attract lakhs of pilgrims from home and abroad every year.