Dehradun: The gates of the Gangotri shrine in Uttarakhand were closed for a six-month winter break on Friday.
Amid fanfare and chanting of vedic hymns, locals shifted a statue of the Goddess Ganga to Mukhwa where, from Saturday, puja will be performed for the next six months. Jawans of the Mahal regiment of the Army played music during the ceremony.
Gangotri is part of the four shrines where the 'Chaar Dhaam' annual pilgrimage takes place in the hill state of Uttarakhand that draws millions every year. The Kedarnath and Yamunotri shrines will be closed for the winter break from Saturday.