Temples in the popular pilgrimage centres in the higher reaches of the Garwhal Himlayas of Uttaranchal are scheduled to close for the coming winter in the next few weeks.
While the temple in Gangotri will close on October 26, those in Yamunotri and Kedarnath will draw their shutters on October 27. The temple in Badrinath will remain open till November 19.
Temples in Tunganath and Madmaheshwar, part of the Pancha Kedar circuit (which also includes Kedarnath temple) will close on November 7 and Nomember 18, respectively.
On the appointed days, the representative deities are brought down in grand procession to temples at lower levels for the daily worship.
The temples will reopen in the summer of 2023, usually in April-May, when the deities are similiarly carried back to the main temples in similar processions.