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KedarnathHeavy Snowfall in Badrinath and Kedarnath (27th October, 2016): On last Wednesday (26th October, 2016), the two prominent pilgrimages of Char Dham in Uttarakhand i.e. Badrinath and Kedarnath witnessed heavy snowfall. The snowfall suddenly changed the weather in both of the places. It was a great sight for the devotees and they felt delighted by this. The eternal view of God and nature filled their heart with joy. Since morning the sky was covered with clouds and drastic change in the weather was a great surprise to the people. The first thing was drizzling and then snowfall started. Initially the snowfall started from Neelkanth Parvat which continued to Nar-narayn Parvat and ultimately at Badripuri. Before the closure of Badrinath temple, there were devotees in large number. They enjoyed the snowfall there, which is rarely seen in the month of the October.

Kedarnath also witnessed the snowfall. The snowfall decreased the temperature of Kedarnath before the closure of its temple. This snowfall also becomes troublesome sometimes, as it dips the temperature. In Kedarnath, the weather was normal in the morning, but in the day it changed suddenly and heavy snowfall started from 2:00 pm till 5:00 pm. The snowfall ultimately decreased the temperature of the pilgrimage.

The opening and closing date in year 2016 for Badrinath and Kedarnath are as follows:

Badrinath:     Opening date: 11th May                  Closing date: 16th November

Kedarnath:    Opening date: 09th May                  Closing date: 1st November

The Char Dham circuit consists of Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath & Badrinath in Uttarakhand. Every year thousands of pilgrims visit these four shrines. These four shrines have great religious significance in Hindu scriptures and texts. The Hindus all around the world visit these sacred shrines once in their life to feel the sacredness of these places. Badrinath and Gangotri are directly linked by motor road, whereas for Yamunotri and Gangotri, one has to trek.

The Char Dhams of Uttarakhand