UTTARKASHI, April 18
Out of four major shrines the portal of two shrines namely Gangotri and Yamnotri were opened for the general public and pilgrims amid the beating of traditional drums and the Army Band on Wednesday. The palanquin of Goddess Gangotri reached the Gangotri Shrine where it was kept in the Garb griha after performing a grand prayer.
The portal were opened on the auspicious occasion of Akshay Tritya at 1.15 at Gangotri in presence of MLA Gangotri Gopal Singh Rawat, Rashtriya Anusuchit Jait member Government of India Swaraj Vidwaan, DM Dr Ashish Chauhan and other dignitaries by SDM Bhatwadi Devendra Singh Negi and temple committee officials for the general public. Pilgrims will be able to offer their prayers and seek darshan for six months during yatra season. The district administration has made all arrangements during the yatra season this year. DM Dr Chauhan has assigned district level officers as sector magistrate on the yatra route for 15 days to ensure safe and convenient yatra for pilgrims. The MLA Gangotri Rawat and DM Dr Chauhan welcomed the pilgrims and appealed to the pilgrims around the world to come and seek blessings from Ganga Mayya at Gangotri. He said that this time the prasad is being distributed using local produce to the pilgrims.
The palanquin procession of the Goddess Ganga left early from Bhairav Ghati and reached Gangotri shrine by 12 Noon where the pilgrims welcomed the procession with the chant of Ganga Mayya Ki Jai and offered prayer at the temple. Block Peramukh Chandan Singh Panwar, Ngar Palika president Jayendri Rana, former MLA Vijay pal Singh Sajwan, former president BJP Ramsundar Nauityal, District General secretary Vijay Santri, Kishore Bhatt, SP police Dadanpal, CDO Vineet Kumar, Coln Sanjeev Rawat, temple committee president Mukesh Semwal, secretary Suresh Semwal, Subash Semwal, Kripa Ram Semwal and other officials were present on the occasion.