As winters have arrived, the doors of Kedarnath, Yamunotri and Gangotri will be closed during these periods. The news was announced by Uttarakhand Chardham Devasthanam Management Board. Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri together are known as Char Dham.
Rajesh Semwal, Gangotri Mandir Samiti co-secretary said that the gates of the temple will be shuttered at 11:45 AM, the statue of Goddess Ganga was taken to the Mukhba village, which is the winter home of the goddess.
Board member of the Chardham Devasthanam Management, Dr Harish Gaur said, “The doors of the Tritiya (third) Kedar Shri Tungnath Temple will close on October 30 and Dwitiya (second) Kedar Shri Madmaheshwar Temple on November 22 for winter. Shri Madmaheshwar Fair will be held on November 25”.
The board members have informed that on November 5 Shri Gangotri Dham will shut down followed by Kedarnath and Yamunotri on November 6. Doors to Badrinath will be closed on November 20.
Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his visit to Kedarnath Mandir said, “This decade belongs to Uttarakhand. There will be an unprecedented boost to connectivity in the region in the coming years and migration of people from the hills would stop. In the next 10 years, the state will receive more tourists than it did in the last 100 years.”
This year Char Dham yatra commenced on September 18 amid Covid restrictions. Only fully Covid vaccinated devotees were allowed to enter after presenting their negative RT PCR reports.