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Rush to Char Dham continues, pilgrim count crosses eight lakh

Wednesday, 22 MAY 2024 | PNS | DEHRADUN

More than eight lakh people have visited the Char Dham temples since Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri were reopened on May 10 and Badrinath on May 12.  New records are being set in Kedarnath which has been visited by 3,57,875 pilgrims in the first 12 days after the reopening of the temple. As per official statistics, 8,12,281 people have visited the Char Dham so far.

According to official data, a total 38,682 people visited Kedarnath on Tuesday. With a large number of pilgrims travelling to Kedarnath temple, the State government and Rudraprayag district administration are making consistent efforts to ensure all necessary facilities to make the experience of the pilgrims convenient, systematic and safe. Due to the excessive crowd of visitors at Fata, Sonprayag and Gaurikund areas en route to Kedarnath, the district administration is halting the pilgrims at Agastyamuni and other places for safety and facilitating a systematic pilgrimage. On the directions of district magistrate Saurabh Gaharwar, the Agastyamuni Nagar Panchayat made necessary arrangements for the accommodation and meals of 263 pilgrims from Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. Thanking the administration for the arrangements, these pilgrims from Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh said that they were on their way to Kedarnath when they were halted by the administration in Agastyamuni where proper arrangements have been made for their accommodation and meals.

In the Chamoli district, 18,685 pilgrims visited Badrinath on Tuesday with a total of 1,58,341 having visited the shrine so far since its reopening on May 12. In the Uttarkashi district, 13,290 pilgrims visited the Yamunotri temple on Tuesday with a total of 1,51,827 having visited the temple so far. Similarly, 12,461 people visited the Gangotri temple on Tuesday. A total of 1,38,238 pilgrims have visited the Gangotri temple so far since its reopening.

According to officials, necessary arrangements are being made to regulate the traffic and manage the crowds of pilgrims thronging the Char Dham. Necessary assistance is being provided to the pilgrims being halted at various places en route to the Char Dham for the purpose of traffic and crowd management.

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