Annual pilgrimage to Char Dham begins

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Uttarkashi, April 22 (ANI): The annual pilgrimage to four sacred shrines of the ‘Char Dham’ (the four abodes) began recently. The popular pilgrimage route known as the ‘Char Dham Yatra’ because of its four temple towns of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri — attracts hundreds of thousands of devotees every year. The pilgrimage began with opening of the shrines at Gangotri and Yamunotri. Portals to the shrines were opened for the pilgrims under the Hindu auspicious asterism called ‘Rohini Nakshatra’, almost six months after they were covered in snow. The bedecked ‘doli’ of Goddess Ganga was taken from the Mukhwa temple with ceremonial worship in Uttarkashi district. The procession of the idol was taken out with drums playing in the background. Uttarakhand has been witnessing incessant rains and snowfalls. State chief, Harish Rawat, and senior officials toured Kedarnath, Badrinath and other areas to take stock of preparations for the pilgrimage.

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