As planned earlier by the State Government, the Char Dham yatra of Uttarakhand will not begin from June 8. Reportedly, Madan Kaushik, Cabinet Minister and Uttarakhand Government’s official spokesperson revealed to the press. That the government is in favour of restarting the yatra only for the local pilgrims.
The opening ceremony of Char Dham shrines –Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri used to take place in April and May 2020. But now, due to the nation-wide lockdown, only the priests and temple board officials could attend the rituals. Also, from May 4, Trivendra Singh Rawat, Uttarakhand CM, had also permitted the local devotees to visit the shrines.
Now, the local pandas and the Rawal (head priest) of Badrinath shrine have refused to reopen the shrine for the general public. There are potential threats from COVID-19 once the yatra begins. There has been a sharp rise in the cases because of migrants. The temple bodies want the yatra to shift to at least till June 30.
According to a news website,
the head priest of Badrinath temple has sent a letter to the Uttarakhand state government. This is regarding asking the officials to delay the Char Dham yatra.
Char Dham yatra is the most auspicious pilgrimage in North India. Also, it is also one of the major sources of income for people living in the state. For those who earn their bread by running hotels, dharamshalas, guest houses, taxi services etc.
Yamunotri and Gangotri temples reopened on April 26. Also, Kedarnath and Badrinath temples were opened on April 28 and May 15 respectively.