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Char Dham Yatra begins in Uttarakhand

While the gates of Gangotri shrine were opened amid chanting of vedic hymns, those of Yamunotri were opened amid similar ceremonies in the presence of administrative and temple committee officials besides thousands of devotees.

Before the door opening ceremony began, the idols of goddesses Ganga and Yamuna, the presiding deities of the two temples, were brought from their winter abodes at Mukhba and Kharsali, respectively.

The opening of the famed Himalayan shrines marks the beginning of the Char Dham Yatra which attracts lakhs of devotees from across the country and abroad every year.

The doors of Kedarnath are scheduled to be opened on May 9 followed by those of Badrinath a day later on May 10.

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