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Over 26 Lakh Devotees Register for Char Dham Yatra

The Char Dham Yatra, steeped in extreme spiritual significance in Hinduism, unfolds a journey of devotion and introspection, journey over the sacred realms of Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath, reach a finale in spiritual rejuvenation and divine communion.

As the doors of Shri Kedarnath Dham opened on May 10, devotees from across the country and abroad have crowded to Uttarakhand, eager to embark on this sacred pilgrimage.

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Operation Maryada: Upholding Decency and Purity

Amidst the arrival of a huge number of devotees in Kedarnath for the Char Dham Yatra, Rudraprayag Police launched “Operation Maryada” to maintain decency and purity on the journey.

Under this operation, strict action is being taken against those who misbehave with others or consume alcohol or intoxicants in the Dham area and Yatra halts. The police team appeals to the crowd to behave in a civilized manner, emphasizing the sanctity of the pilgrimage.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Mrs. Harshvardhini Suman, urges devotees not to consume alcohol or intoxicants along the Yatra route and halts.

Record Registrations

So far, an astounding 26.73 lakh devotees have registered for the Char Dham Yatra. More than 1.42 lakh offline registrations have been done in Haridwar and Rishikesh. This year, the number of devotees has doubled compared to last year.

The state government and tourism department are working diligently to provide every possible facility to the pilgrims. Online registrations for the Yatra in May to Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri Dham have been fully booked, with a fixed number of slots available. To accommodate devotees without prior registration, offline registration facilities have been organized in Haridwar and Rishikesh.

Traffic Challenges

While arrangements along the Yamunotri route appear to be functioning smoothly, challenges have arisen along the Gangotri route. Traffic congestion has become a concern due to the higher influx of passengers exceeding capacity.

Approximately 900 passenger vehicles were trapped in a 60-km traffic jam between Gangnani and Gangotri. In response, the police intervened by halting vehicles at various points, alleviating the pressure. Devotees are urged to plan their travel carefully to avoid inconvenience.

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