Published On: Wed, Nov 18th, 2015

Portals of Badrinath closed for the winters

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Badrinath/Chamoli: Thousands of devotees gathered at the Badrinath temple in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand as its portals were closed for the winter, bringing to an end this year’s Chardham yatra.

The gates of the temple were closed after elaborate prayers and rituals at 35 minutes past 4 pm yesterday. The gates of Gangotri, Yamunotri and Kedarnath the other three shrines which along with  Badrinath are collectively known as Chardham have already been closed for the season.

Located at a height of 10,170 feet, gates of Badrinath and those of the other three Himalayan shrines are closed annually around this time of the year for the winter when they remain snow-bound.

The Chardham yatra had commenced on April 21 this year with the opening of the Gangotri and Yamunotri shrines after a six-month winter break.

Deities of the four Himalayan shrines of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Yamunotri and Gangotri have been moved to Joshimath, Ukhimath, Kharsali and Mukhba, respectively where pilgrims and tourists can offer their prayers during  the winters.

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