And finally the proposal for an annual Yatra to the Char Dham deities’ winter locations has been approved. With this big decision, there is likely to be a boost in the number of devotees from all across the globe.
Previously, the Char Dham Yatra to pilgrim sites in Uttarakhand remained closed due to heavy rainfall and it re-opened in the month of April. This initiative by Uttarakhand government will make the devotees worship the Char Dham Deities even during the winter season.
A meeting to discuss this matter was held on Tuesday evening which was chaired by Uttarakhand Chief Minister, Harish Rawat. Senior state officials, senior office-bearers and priests of different temple committees including Badrinath Kedarnath Temple Committee (BKTC) attended this meeting and collectively, it was decided to start the Chardham Yatra in winters.
The idols of the deities which are installed at Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri have been shifted to villages which are located in lower areas. The deities will now be worshipped at these places during the winters.
While the Shiva deity from Kedarnath has been shifted to Ukhimath in Rudraprayag district, Lord Vishnu deity has been taken to the Pandukeshwar in Chamoli district from Badrinath The idols which were set up in Gangotri and Yamunotri have been relocated to Mukhba and Kharsail in Uttarkashi district.
All these places which will now serve as the Char Dham for the pilgrims are well-connected to major parts of the country and world. Further, pilgrims can have a smooth trek to these dhams with horses, palanquin and helicopter service.
“If yatra is conducted to the winter sojourns of the deities and symbols of the four shrines, it will be a new beginning and will make the yatra season in Uttarakhand a year-long affair,” said Rawat.
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