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Gates of Gangotri and Yamunotri temples opened, Chardham Yatra started in Uttarakhand

Dehradun. The doors of the famous Gangotri and Yamunotri Dhams located in the Upper Garhwal region of Uttarakhand were opened for devotees on the occasion of Akshaya Tritiya on Tuesday after being closed for six months and this year’s Chardham Yatra began. The doors of Gangotri and Yamunotri Dham located in Uttarkashi district were opened at 11:15 am and 12:15 pm respectively after duly offering prayers. Along with thousands of devotees, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami was also present on the occasion of inauguration of Gangotri temple. After the temple was opened, the first worship was done in the name of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. After offering prayers at Gangotri temple dedicated to Mother Ganga, the Chief Minister said, “Chardham Yatra is duly starting from today.

I welcome all the devotees on their arrival at Devbhoomi Uttarakhand. May this journey be historical, may everyone’s journey be easy and smooth, I wish everyone good luck. Our government is committed for smooth and safe Chardham Yatra. Dhami also extended his best wishes to the chief priests of Yamunotri Dham and all the devotees present there on the occasion of the opening of the doors of the temple. The doors of two other dhams known as Chardham-Kedarnath and Badrinath will open on May 6 and May 8 respectively. In view of the possibility of record devotees coming in the Chardham Yatra, which has been interrupted due to the Kovid epidemic for the last two years, while the state government has fixed the number of pilgrims to visit each Dham daily, the police to ensure its smooth operation. By conducting a verification campaign, about two and a half thousand suspects have been identified and 10 of them arrested.

Meanwhile, in view of the huge rush of devotees thronging to register on the online portal of the tourism department for Chardhams, the state government has fixed the maximum number of devotees visiting the shrines daily. According to an order issued in this regard by the state’s Culture and Endowment Secretary Harichandra Semwal, a maximum of 15,000 pilgrims will be able to visit Badrinath every day, 12000 in Kedarnath, 7000 in Gangotri and 4000 in Yamunotri. At present, this arrangement has been made for the first 45 days. On the other hand, before the start of Chardham Yatra, a total of 2526 people were found suspicious in the campaign conducted by the police for physical verification of people coming from outside in the state, out of which 10 were arrested. Director General of Police Ashok Kumar said that on the instructions of the Chief Minister, action has been taken against the remaining suspects found during the 10-day campaign from April 21, under the Police Act and other Acts.

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