Gopeshwar (Ukhand), Sep 30 (PTI) The sacred portals of the Badrinath shrine will be closed for the winters this year on November 19, marking the conclusion of the annual Chardham Yatra. Also Read - Badrinath Shrine to Close Portals For Winter, Plan Your Visit Soon

“The auspicious time for the ritual was ascertained by the temple’s Dharmadhikari in the presence of temple officials on the occasion of Vijayadashmi and announced later,” Chief Executive Officer of the Badrinath-Kedarnath Samiti B D Singh said. Also Read - After Kedarnath, PM Narendra Modi to Offer Prayers at Uttarakhand's Badrinath Shrine

The ceremonial annual closure of the Himalayan temple will take place at 7.30 pm on November 19. Also Read - PM Modi Meditates at Kedarnath Cave as Part of His Two-day Visit to Uttarakhand| See PICS

Similarly, the portals of the Kedarnath will be shut at 8 am on October 21, he said.

The gates of all the four Himalayan shrines — Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri — in Uttarakhand, also known as the Chardham, are closed in October-November every year for the winters as they remain snow-bound and inaccessible.

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