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Portals of Kedarnath and Yamunotri closed for the winters

U’khand & UP CMs offer prayers in Kedarnath on the occasion

The portals of Kedarnath and Yamunotri shrines were closed to the public for the winter amidst snowfall on Monday. In Kedarnath, the chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and his Uttar Pradesh counterpart Yogi Adityanath also offered prayers to the lord on the occasion.

Amidst light rain and snowfall the portals of Kedarnath were closed to the public for the winter at 8:30 AM. The rituals began much earlier after which the sanctum sanctorum was closed with lord Bhairav as the witness at 6:30 AM. Amidst Vedic chanting and rituals, the portals of the shrine were closed and the lord’s Panchmukhi (five-faced) idol was carried forward in a palanquin. Lord Kedarnath will remain in Ukhimath for the six months of winter. Opining that snowfall on the occasion of the shrine’s closure to the public was auspicious, CM Rawat wished for the well being of all people of Uttarakhand and the nation.

Devotees carry the palanquin of goddess Yamuna after closure of Yamunotri amidst snowfall on MondayDevotees carry the palanquin of goddess Yamuna after closure of Yamunotri amidst snowfall on Monday

At Yamunotri too, the occasion of the shrine’s closure to the public was marked by snowfall. Amidst Vedic chanting, the portals of the shrine were ceremonially closed to the public for the winter at 12:15 PM. The goddess will remain at Kharsali for the winter months.

With three of the Char Dham shrines being closed to the public for the winters, only the Badrinath shrine now remains open for a few days. The Badrinath temple will be closed for the winters on Thursday.

Tuesday, 17 November 2020 | PNS | Dehradun

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