Gangotri Dham, one of the four holy dhams in Uttranchal has been closed for the winters yesterday. Gangotri, the place of Goddess Ganga and considered origin of Ganga River, is one of the four main Hindu shrines, known as ‘Char Dham’ that includes Badrinath, Kedarnath and Yamunotri. It has also been declared that Kedarnath and Yamunotri will be closed from today onwards
One of the four Char Dham shrines, Gangotri was closed for the winter today. Pilgrims in large numbers queued up to pay last obeisance of the Akhand Jyoti before the closure of the shrine. Head priest Sanjiv Semwal conducted the closure rituals.
At a height of above 10,000 feet in Uttarkashi district, the Gangotri Temple is closed to the pilgrims every year in October-November for the winter as the area remains snow-bound during this time. It reopens in April-May the next year.
Meanwhile, the stage is all set to take the idol of Goddess Ganga to nearby Mukhba village, where it will be worshipped during winter.
Significantly, the Kedarnath Shrine will also be closed for winter tomorrow. The last of four shrines Badrinath will be closed for winter on November 18.
Source: Gangotri closed for winter
In another earlier story, Badrinath has been declared to be closed on 18th November, 2010 and a Sikh shrine Hemkunt Sahib had already been closed last month on 5th October, 2010. Read the story here: Badrinath to close on 18th November, 2010