The Char Dham Yatra, one of the most popular Hindu pilgrimages, is set to draw in record numbers this year, with preparations in full swing. This year, the government has announced new arrangements to control the crowd of devotees and provide better facilities.
The Char Dham Yatra is a famous Hindu pilgrimage that takes place in the Garhwal Himalayas. It consists of visiting the four ancient sites – Kedarnath, Yamunotri, Gangotri, and Badrinath.
New System for Char Dham Yatra
Sachin Kurve, State Tourism Secretary, has announced that the government is planning to introduce a new system to facilitate devotees, from registration to darshan in all four Dhams.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has stated that the government intends to provide better facilities for the record number of pilgrims expected this year.
Opening Dates of Dhams
The doors of Kedarnath Dham will open on April 26, Gangotri and Yamunotri on April 22, and Badrinath Dham on April 27. The time and date for the opening of the temples were decided at a religious ceremony held on the occasion of Basant Panchami.
Badrinath Dham is one of the four ancient pilgrimage sites referred to as ‘Char Dham’. It is situated in the town of Badrinath in Uttarakhand and remains open for six months each year between April and November.
The state government will review preparations for the yatra 15 days prior to its commencement to ensure that the land subsidence issue does not impact the pilgrimage. The last major halt before Badrinath is Joshimath, and officials will focus their attention on this area to ensure a smooth and safe yatra for all pilgrims.