Dehradun, 19 April 2007
Amid chanting of Vedic hymns and slokas, the doors of both the temples reopened coinciding with the auspicious day of ‘Akshaya Tritiya’ as icy winds swept the mountains.
Scores of pilgrims had darshan of both the temples on the first day of the pilgrimage season, officials said.
While the portals of Kedarnath would reopen on April 30, the Badrinath temple would be thrown open for pilgrims the next day.
Gangotri and Yamunotri shrines are situated at a height of 3,200 metres and 4,421 metres respectively in Uttarkashi district, Badrinath in Chamoli district at a height of 3,133 metres and Kedarnath in Rudraprayag district at a height of 3,581 metres.
The pilgrimage to Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri is considered the backbone of thriving religious tourism in the state that attracts nearly 16 lakh pilgrims every year from home and abroad. (Agencies)
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