Gangotri temple in Uttarakhand, one of the four holy shrines of Char Dham, will stay shut for the public till August 15 because of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. Read on for more details. By Kumar Shree

Suresh Semwal, President of Gangotri Temple Samiti, told to the press recently that Gangotri Temple administration has decided to block entry for devotees till August 15. This blockade will come at a distance of two kilometres from the main shrine. Not just the Gangotri temple but the adjoining areas around it will also be sealed till August 15.

As reported by Live Mint, Suresh Semwal, President, Gangotri Temple Samiti said, “We’ve decided to keep Gangotri Dham and adjoining areas completely closed, and entry for devotees will be blocked two km away.”

 

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Gangotri temple is the only shrine where the holy River Ganga is worshipped. The three other sacred shrines namely Yamunotri temple, Badrinath temple, and Kedarnath temple are dedicated to the worship of Goddess Yamuna, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Shiva, respectively.

On the other hand, Uttarakhand is receiving heavy rainfall for the past few days. The state government has also closed the roads in Kumaon and Garhwal regions of the state to avoid any mishap. As per the reports, the Badrinath road near Lambagad Pipalkoti Tangdi, Yamunotri road near Paligad, Pagal Nala in Chamoli, and Munsiyari road in Pithoragarh has also been closed for safety purpose.

 

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Ten districts of the state have been receiving heavy rainfall in the past few days because of which the weather department has also issued a red alert.

Mori village on the bank of Tons river even got submerged because of the overflowing of the river triggered by heavy rains. The state rescue teams are working round the clock but the affected roads are posing more and more challenges for them.

Floods have been inflicting damage in many parts of the country. Assam, Bihar, and Meghalaya remain some of the worst flood-hit states in the country.

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