Kedarnath, Yamunotri shrines closed
AMID special prayers and the chanting of Vedic hymns before hundreds of devotees braving cold winds, the Himalayan shrines of Kedarnath and Yamunotri closed on Friday for the winter months.
The gates of the Kedarnath temple closed at 8.30 am while those at Yamunotri 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. A record 7,32,241 devotees visited Kedarnath shrine this year, Samiti CEO B D Singh said.