VIP darshans at Uttarakhand’s Char Dham shrines abolished: Pushkar Singh Dhami

DEHRADUN: Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Friday ordered the administration to abolish a long-standing apply of constructing particular preparations for the well-connected and the influential on the 4 Char Dham shrines.

“We’re abolishing the system of VIP Darshan at Char Dhams. There will probably be no separate classes or VIP system for having darshans at Char Dham anymore. Now we have made it the identical for everybody,” Dhami informed reporters on Friday, a reference to the apply that features facilitating some pilgrims to leap the lengthy queues on the shrines.

Dhami mentioned police and administration officers have been instructed to conduct the yatra in a scientific method and based on the principles in order that pilgrims will not be inconvenienced.

Ajendra Ajay, president of Badrinath Kedarnath Temple Committee, welcomed Dhami’s resolution. “It is a superb resolution of the chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami. God is similar for everybody and nobody ought to get particular remedy to have darshan in the home of the God”, he mentioned

Ajendra Ajay defined that within the VIP darshan system, the temple authorities have been despatched particulars of visits by ministers, bureaucrats or others and required to make sure that they didn’t have to attend within the queue like others for darshan. “Details about their visiting schedule is shared with the Char Dham temple administration and based on the protocol, they will have VIP Darshan”

The directions to scrap VIP darshan have been issued after a overview of the preparations for the pilgrimage to the 4 Himalayan pilgrimage websites, Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath, that are collectively referred to as the Char Dham and are probably the most revered spiritual websites within the Hindu custom.

Almost 3,00,000 pilgrims have already made the Char Dham pilgrimage since Might 3 when the portals of Gangotri and Yamunotri shrines have been opened. The portals of Badrinath and Kedarnath shrines have been opened on Might 6 and Might 8 respectively. The 4 shrines stay shut for round six months yearly, opening in summers (April or Might) and shutting with the onset of winter (October or November).

Over 1,000,000 individuals have registered for the pilgrimage this yr, up from the 4,40,000 pilgrims in 2021 and three,10,000 in 2020 who got here to the shrines. The 4 shrines obtained over 3.2 million pilgrims in 2019 earlier than the Covid-19 pandemic and the resultant restrictions got here into pressure.

The chief minister mentioned that “the Char Dham yatra is our problem, and the federal government is making each effort to streamline it”. “Within the final two years, the yatra couldn’t occur correctly because of Covid, so this time the variety of pilgrims visiting the yatra has elevated manifold”.

This yr, Dhami additionally deputed two cupboard ministers Dhan Singh Rawat and Subodh Uniyal to supervise the yatra preparations at Kedarnath and Badrinath, respectively.

Dhami additionally informed the authorities to take ample precautions in view of the dying of some individuals throughout the pilgrimage however confused that the deaths have been on account of the well being situation of the people, not because of chaos.

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