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Uttarakhand : Annual 'Char Dham' pilgrimage begins today

 2016-05-09 03:53:41.0

imagesTahlka news Bureau,

Dehradun:�The annual 'Char Dham' pilgrimage in Uttarakhand will begin from Monday on the auspicious �Akshaya Tritiya� festival with the reopening of the Gangotri and the Yamunotri shrines in the Garhwal Himalayas.

The gates of the temples will be reopened on Monday for the pilgrims after remaining closed for six months during the winters, whereas, gates of the Badrinath Temple in the Chamoli district will reopen on May 11.

The shrines are closed for devotees during the winter season every year as the region, at a higher altitude, witnesses extreme cold conditions, they are reopened during the summers.

The pilgrimage that spans for a period of six months attracts lakhs devotees from country and abroad and is considered as the economic backbone of the Garhwal Himalaya region.

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