Following all rituals and conventional prayers, the portals of Gangotri shrine in Uttarkashi district closed for the winter season at 12:15pm on Sunday.
Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat took to Twitter and mentioned, “The portals of the world well-known Gangotri shrine closed for the winter season after providing prayers on the holy pageant of Annakut-Govardhan Puja. Round 23,500 devotees and pilgrims visited the shrine this 12 months.”
He additional mentioned, “Particular tips have been issued by the federal government this 12 months with regard to Covid-19 epidemic, which was adopted by all of the devotees. For this, I thank all of the devotees and native folks. I pray and want that Ma Ganga blesses you all.”
After the closing of the portals, the palanquin of Goddess Ganga left for Mukhba within the district, the place prayers shall be provided for the subsequent six winter months. In the course of the ceremony on Sunday, members of Gangotri Temple Committee Suresh Semwal, Deepak Semwal, Rajesh Semwal, Harish Semwal and police officers have been current. All norms of social distancing have been adopted throughout the closure of the temple and the departure of Utsav Doli.
On Monday, the portals of Kedarnath shrine in Rudraprayag district will shut at eight:30am on the event of Bhai Dooj for the winter season.
The Char Dham shrines have been opened for pilgrims on July 1 this 12 months by the state authorities. Enjoyable norms, within the final week of July, Uttarakhand authorities had determined to permit pilgrims from different states to go to Char Dham shrines with some circumstances.
In September, the Uttarakhand authorities additional eliminated the requirement for a compulsory destructive Covid-19 report from pilgrims visiting the shrines.