The Char Dham Yatra began on Saturday with the opening of Gangotri and Yamunotri temples in Uttarakhand’s Uttarkashi district.
As per schedule, the doors of Gangotri Dham were opened at 12.35 pm and Yamunotri Dham at 12.41. For the next six months, devotees will be able to visit both the pilgrimage sites.
The portals of Kedarnath will open on April 25 and Badrinath on April 27.
The first prayer was done in the name of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami offered prayers at Kharsali in Yamunotri as well as Gangotri Dham. Devotees were also showered with rose petals from a helicopter.Most Read 1 Gadar 2 box office collection day 4: Sunny Deol film records biggest Monday collections of all time, nets a total of Rs 173 cr 2 Bigg Boss OTT 2 Finale Live Updates: Elvish Yadav wins Salman Khan’s show, Abhishek Malhan shares message from hospital 3 Happy Independence Day 2023: Wishes Images, Whatsapp Messages, Status, Quotes, and Photos 4 OMG 2 box office collection day 4: Pankaj Tripathi-Akshay Kumar film delivers better Monday than opening Friday, earns Rs 55.1 cr 5 Jailer box office collection Day 5: Rajinikanth film set to cross Rs 350-crore mark worldwide on Independence Day
The CM welcomed devotees and said, “All preparations have been done for the Yatra. The state government is determined for a safe and smooth travel. Every possible facility will be made available to the devotees. All arrangements for the Yatra are being regularly monitored.”
On Friday the state government decided to drop the daily cap on the number of devotees for the Yatra.Also ReadNarendra Modi Independence Day Speech Live Updates: India now identified ...Govt SOP for Judges: Do not name officials for court panelsShivaji statue vandalised in Goa, police initiate inquiry‘Will return to Red Fort next year’: In Independence Day speech, PM Modi ...Advertisement
Uttarakhand Tourism Minister Satpal Maharaj said 16 lakh pilgrims have so far registered for the Yatra which includes over 6 lakh for Kedarnath, 5.07 lakh for Badrinath, 3.07 lakh for Gangotri, 2.62 lakh for Yamunotri and over 11,000 for Hemkund Sahib.© The Indian Express (P) Ltd