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Kedarnath, Yamunotri shrines close for winter

Press Trust of India  |  Dehradun 

Amid special prayers and the chanting of Vedic hymns before hundreds of devotees braving cold winds, the shrines of and closed Friday for the winter months.

The gates of the temple closed at 8.30 am while those at were shut at 12.15 pm on the occasion of Bhai Dooj, officials of the two temple management bodies said.

The deities at the two temples, which form part of the popular Char Dham yatra in Uttarakhand, were being ceremoniously shifted to their winter homes.

The idol of Lord at was placed in a flower-bedecked palanquin, to be taken to the in Ukhimath where it is worshipped during winter, Samiti said.

The special puja started at 4 am and lasted for over four hours, he said. The palanquin carrying the idol will reach Ukhimath on Sunday morning.

A record 7,32,241 devotees visited the shrine this year, B D Singh said.

The number of pilgrims visiting the had dropped substantially after the 2013 floods.

As the gates of the shrine closed, devotees and priests carrying the idol of goddess Yamuna in an ornate palanquin, left for Kharsali village where the deity will be worshipped during winter, said.

Nearly four lakh people visited Yamunotri this year, Uniyal said

The shrines close every winter when the area becomes snowbound.

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First Published: Fri, November 09 2018. 18:40 IST