Gangotri temple to remain closed till August 15 due to Coronavirus pandemic

Gangotri temple, one of the Uttarakhand’s Char Dham shrines, will remain closed for devotees till August 15 in the wake of Coronavirus pandemic, a member of shrine’s committee said.
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According to the report, the temple committee has decided to place two-kilometre long barriers to keep the Char Dham shrine and adjoining areas completely closed and bar the entry of pilgrims. It has also planned to put up a poster to inform the visitors about the shrine being closed.
While talking to the media, President of Gangotri Dham Temple Committee Suresh Semwal said, “We have decided to keep Gangotri Dham and adjoining areas completely closed and entry for devotees will be blocked 2 kms away.”
Gangotri Dham, located in Uttarakhand’s Uttarkashi district, is one of the four temples of the Char Dham shrines which also include Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamunotri.
On June 29, the Uttarakhand government had announced the standard operating procedure (SOP), restricting the number of pilgrims visiting every shrine per day. For Kedarnath, the number was fixed at 800, Badrinath 1200, Gangotri 600, Yamunotri 400. As per the SOP, it is must for every pilgrim to carry identification and address proof.
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