There is a significant rise in the number of pilgrims for the annual ‘Char Dham Yatra’,according to the officials of Uttarakhand government.
After the fatal flash floods in the year 2013 that killed thousands of people, the pilgrimage had seen a drastic downfall in the number of visitors.
The natural disaster had left this religious place “Kedarnath” to worry about its safety. Those who braved the odds found the new route tough and the roads in poor shape, deterring many.
According to the officials, in 2017, a dramatic rise has been seen in the number of people who visited the holy shrines. It is reported that in the first ten days alone 2.21 lakh pilgrims have already visited the Badrinath-Kedarnath shrines.
The seat of Lord Vishnu, the Badrinath shrine has been visited by 1, 23,285 and 97,815 have paid obeisance at the Kedarnath shrine, which is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga’s in the country.
According to the officials, the pleasant weather and best arrangements are the reason behind the boost of the number of visitors.
Talking about the last two days they said that around 10,000 pilgrims visited Kedarnath shrine from Rudraprayag, while 7,000 trekked to the shrine from Gaurikund.
The chopper service to Kedarnath, which was started with some delay owing to late clearance from the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), was also availed by a large number of pilgrims.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Shri Badri-Kedar Shrine Board B.D. Singh happily expressed that the number logged in the past ten days had surpassed past turnouts.
Singh added, “This is also for the first time since 2013, that in a fortnight the number of pilgrims undertaking the ‘Char Dham’ yatra has crossed three lakh.”