Dehradun: The Uttarakhand Devasthanam Management Board has determined to open the ‘Chardham yatra’ for pilgrims from inside the state from July 1 (Wednesday). In order to undertake the yatra, guests will probably be required to use for e-pass on Uttarakhand Chardham Devasthanam Prabandhan Board’s official web site.
The 4 well-known Himalayan shrines of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri in Uttarakhand’s Garhwal area are often known as ‘Chardham’.
An order allowing Uttarakhand residents to go to the 4 temples from July 1 topic to numerous anti-COVID precautionary measures and restrictions was issued by the Board’s CEO Ravinath Raman on Monday. The variety of pilgrims visiting the temples day by day, nonetheless, will probably be restricted and they won’t be allowed to enter the sanctum sanctorum and adjoining wings of the temples.
The pilgrims won’t be allowed to make any choices or contact deities’ idols both on the temples, the order mentioned. Pilgrims from containment and buffer zones can’t go to the temples, it added.
The SOP for pilgrims visiting the temples makes it obligatory for them to use on-line for e-passes to the board on its web site. They can embark on the yatra solely after they’re issued the e-passes.
People above 60 years, kids under 10 years and people with cough, chilly and fever have been suggested to not apply for e-passes and embark on the journey. Hand-sanitising, carrying masks and sustaining bodily distance will probably be obligatory throughout the pilgrimage.
The same choice was taken by the board earlier this month however needed to be withdrawn following protests by monks who have been averse to opening the yatra even for locals as COVID-19 instances have been on the rise at the moment.