New Delhi: The sacred portals of the Himalayan shrine of Kedarnath were closed on Tuesday for the winter season. Also Read - Weekend Curfew to be Imposed in Dehradun Municipal Corporation From April 18: Uttarakhand Chief Secretary

Around 1200 devotees attended the ceremony as the gates of the Himalayan shrine were closed at 8.30 am, temple committee sources said. Also Read - After PM Modi's Request to Keep Kumbh Mela 'Symbolic', Juna Akhada Calls Off Celebrations

An idol of the presiding deity Lord Shiva was taken in a flower-bedecked palanquin after the closure of the portals to be carried to the Omkareshwar Temple at Ukhimath where he will be worshipped during the next six months. Also Read - Indian Idol 12 Contestant Pawandeep Rajan Drives on Mountain Road, Video is Breaking Internet

Chants of “Jai Baba Kedar” filled the air as the procession left for Ukhimath to a tune played by the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry band.

The procession will reach the Omkareshwar Temple on October 31 via Rampur and Guptkashi. A total of 9,97,585 devotees paid obeisance at the shrine this season, a temple committee spokesman said.