Gangotri shrine to be closed on Nov 6

Dehra Dun: The portals of the famous Gangotri shrine in Garhwal Himalayas will be closed for winters on November 6.

The shrine, dedicated to Goddess Ganga, would be closed for pilgrims on the occasion of Annakut Parv, a day after Deepawali, chairman of Shri Gangotri Temple Committee Sanjiv Semwal said today.

The date for closure of Gangotri, situated at a height of more than 10,000 feet in Uttarkashi district, was decided at a meeting of temple committee yesterday.

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

So far, over 3.50 lakh pilgrims have visited the Gangotri shrine this year, Semwal said.

The shrine is closed in October-November every year as the area remains snow-bound during winters. The idol of Ganga is kept in nearby Mukhba village for worship during the period. The shrine reopens for pilgrims in April-May next year.