GOPESHWAR: The portals of Kedarnath have been closed for winters on the event of Bhai Dooj on Monday amid heavy snowfall on the Himalayan temple.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, his Uttar Pradesh counterpart Yogi Adityanath, and clergymen and officers of Devasthanam Board have been current because the temple gates have been closed at 8.30 am after an elaborate ceremony.
The 2 chief ministers arrived on the shrine on Sunday to supply prayers and check out the reconstruction initiatives underway at Kedarpuri.
The temple priest additionally carried out a ‘Samadhi Puja’ of Lord Shiva.
After the ceremony, an idol of Lord Shiva left on board a flower bedecked palanquin, additionally referred to as Utsav Doli, for the Omkareshwar Temple in Ukhimath the place he shall be worshipped in the course of the winter season.
Snowfall accompanied by a drizzle started in Kedarnath on Sunday night time and continued until the morning.
This yr, 1,35,023 pilgrims visited Kedarnath, which had a delayed and restricted opening for devotees as a result of COVID-19.
Although the temple gates have been opened on April 29, it was open just for clergymen till July 1.