Uttarakhand government to allow outsiders to visit Char Dham temples from July 1


Uttarakhand government to allow outsiders to visit Char Dham temples from July 1

Char Dham devotees from other parts of India will be able to visit the four famous shrines of Uttarakhand from July 1. Earlier, the Uttarakhand government had allowed only local pilgrims to visit the Char Dham starting June 8, and kept it closed for outsiders till June 30.

As per an order given by Ravinath Raman, CEO, Char Dham Devasthanam Management Board, after holding talks between the local priests as well as the district magistrates of the districts where the Char Dham temples are located, the priests and local residents have allowed pilgrims living in the same district as the four shrines and nearby places to undertake the pilgrimage while following all the guidelines. In addition, those who run their hotel guest house or shop, or even government servants who wish to resume their work in those districts will also be permitted to go. However, the yatra will stay suspended for outsiders till June 30.

Token system

Uttarakhand government to allow outsiders to visit Char Dham temples from July 1

Pilgrims have to take a compulsory free-of-charge token from the counters at the temples. A fixed time and date of
darshan will be mentioned on the token. The token will be checked at the entrance of the temple. As per the SOP, all pilgrims have to wear masks and stay within a specified distance from each other at every shrine. One person will not be given more than three tokens in one go.

Number of pilgrims allowed

Only upto 80 pilgrims will be permitted every hour inside Kedarnath temple, and 120 pilgrims will be permitted at the Badrinath shrine. According to the yatra guidelines issued on June 9, about 1200 local people would be permitted to visit Badrinath, 800 to Kedarnath, 400 to Yamunotri and 600 to Gangotri shrine on a daily basis.

Only one minute for darshan

Pilgrims will be given only a minute for darshan at the Kedarnath temple, whereas only 30 seconds will be given as
darshan time at Badrinath shrine.

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