In Uttarakhand, Chardham Yatra starting 8 June has been opposed by the local people as well as the pilgrims of Yamunotri Dham. The shrine priests said that devotees should also not be allowed to visit the dham. The government should wait till the situation is normal, so that the dham along with the devotees will be safe.
Dehradun. The Chardham Yatra in Devbhoomi Uttarakhand is starting from June 8, but, in the meantime, pilgrims of Yamunotri Dham have also demanded that the yatra not be started. The pilgrims say that the central government has given the authority to the state government to open religious places in Unlock 1. A large number of devotees visit the Chardham Yatra, so at present the yatra should not be started to save the temples from Corona epidemic infection.
The shrine priests said that devotees should also not be allowed to visit the dham. The government should wait till the situation is normal, so that the dham along with the devotees will be safe. Tirtha Purohit says that from the opening of the kapat till now, they have been doing aarti daily in the presence of devotees, which will be continued in the traditional way.
At the same time, the administrative chairman of the Yamunotri temple committee says that at the moment, we should wait for 8 June. Whatever will be the guidelines of MHA, a decision will be taken regarding the journey. Currently, no one has been allowed to visit Yamunotri since Yamunotri Dham opened its doors.
Please tell that the local people have already opposed the Chardham Yatra starting from 8 June. People said that the yatra should not be conducted till June 30. The infection of the global pandemic Corona is at its peak and then there is no complete system for travel. It may take time for other systems including electricity, water to be repaired. People also said that Badrinath Dham is still very cold. People can get infected by starting the journey. People met the SDM and also presented their views. At the same time, SDM Joshimath had said that preparations are being made to improve the basic facilities for the journey. The system will be restored after 2 to 3 days.
Significantly, the Uttarakhand government has already said that the Chardham Yatra will begin in a limited way from June 8. State Cabinet Minister and State Government Spokesperson Madan Kaushik had said that preparations are going on to start Chardham Yatra from June 8 and the yatra will start in a limited way initially and later after negotiating with other state governments, it will be started. Will also be opened for pilgrims and tourists.
The Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri temples located in the high Himalayan regions of Uttarakhand have opened a month and a half ago but they have not yet been opened for devotees due to the Corona crisis. This will be the first time when pilgrims are deprived of sight of Chardham due to Corona epidemic. The valleys of Gangotri and Yamunotri were opened on 24 April on the festival of Akshaya Tritiya, while the doors of the Kedarnath temple were opened on 29 April and the gates of Badrinath were opened on 15 May.