Portals of Kedarnath, Yamunotri closed
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Last Updated: Monday, October 19, 2009, 18:50
  
Dehra Dun: Portals of famous Hindu shrines of Kedarnath and Yamunotri in Garhwal Himalayas were closed for the winter period today for pilgrims.

Amid chanting of vedic hymns, the head priest of the Kedarnath temple Viresh Ling locked the doors of the shrine at 0957 hrs in the presence of senior administrative and police officials, SDM Ukhimath Prakash Chandra said.

During the closing ceremony, hundreds of devotees thronged the Kedarnath, one of the twelve Jyotirlinga, braving the chilly winds.

After the shrine closure, the idol of Lord Shiva, to which the Kedarnath temple is dedicated, was carried in a palanquin to Ukhimath area.

Another shrine of Yamunotri was also closed at 1100 hrs today for winters with senior administrative officials as well as pilgrims witnessing the closing ceremony.

Later, the idol of Goddess Yamuna was taken in a palanquin to the nearby Kharsali village where it would be worshipped during the winters.

Yesterday the portals of Gangotri temple were also closed for winters, while another famous shrine of Badrinath would be closed on November 17.

Badrinath in Chamoli district, Kedarnath in Rudraprayag district, Gangotri and Yamunotri in Uttarkashi district, collectively known as Chardham, are closed in October-November every year as they remain snow-bound during winters. The shrines will reopen in April-May next year for the pilgrims.

Bureau Report


First Published: Monday, October 19, 2009, 18:50


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