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Kedarnath Dham opens today, pilgrims on the way stopped due to bad weather. See guidelines prior to the yatra

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Kedarnath Dham opened its doors to the pilgrims today i.e. 25th April. Ahead of the opening of one of the country’s holiest pilgrimage sites, Lord Shiva’s abode was decorated with 20 quintals of flowers and Baba Kedar’s Panchmukhi Chal Vigraha Doli also reached the Dham yesterday.

Thousands of pilgrims on their way to the temple have been stopped from proceeding due to the bad weather conditions in the area. The Uttarakhand government has also stopped accepting registration applications from pilgrims due to heavy snowfall on the pilgrimage route and a bad weather warning from the Met Department. A heavy snowfall warning has been issued on the Kedarnath Dham route, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

“The weather is expected to remain bad in Kedarghati for the next week. On alert from the Meteorological Department, the state government has halted the registration of the visit to Kedarnath Dham. The heavy snowfall in Kedarnath has caused difficulties for the administration,” the statement said as reported by ANI.

However, devotees who have already reached Kedarnath will be able to witness the ceremonial opening of the temple doors, the officials told PTI.

Thousands of pilgrims on their way to the temple have been stopped from proceeding due to the bad weather conditions in the area. The Uttarakhand government has also stopped accepting registration applications from pilgrims due to heavy snowfall on the pilgrimage route and a bad weather warning from the Met Department. A heavy snowfall warning has been issued on the Kedarnath Dham route, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

“The weather is expected to remain bad in Kedarghati for the next week. On alert from the Meteorological Department, the state government has halted the registration of the visit to Kedarnath Dham. The heavy snowfall in Kedarnath has caused difficulties for the administration,” the statement said as reported by ANI.

However, devotees who have already reached Kedarnath will be able to witness the ceremonial opening of the temple doors, the officials told PTI.

On Sunday, the Uttarakhand government closed new registration of pilgrims for Kedarnath until April 30 after the Meteorological Bureau forecast snowfall and rain in the area until April 29.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh also reached Dhami Guptkashi in the evening to inquire about the arrangements for pilgrims. All arrangements have been made for the pilgrims who come for the Char Dham Yatra in the state, he said, adding by the grace of God that more devotees would come for the yatra this year than last year.

Guidelines for pilgrims:

The government of Uttarakhand had issued a warning stating that given the rain and snowfall at Kedarnath Dham in recent days, devotees are requested to exercise caution and start the yatra as per the weather forecast.

All devotees who come to Kedarnath Dham from home and abroad have been informed by the government to check the weather forecast before going to Kedarnath Dham and have been asked to bring enough warm clothes,” the government said.

Adequate health arrangements have been made on all travel routes by the government.

Passengers can also go to the nearest health center immediately after the start of the journey or if their health deteriorates during the journey and consult a doctor.

“Guidelines, i.e. SOPs, have been issued before the trip. They advise travelers to acclimatize their bodies to the mountain weather during the trip. If you experience difficulties, rest for some time and only then travel,” the health minister said. ..

Pilgrims are advised to stay in the hill state for at least seven days to allow their bodies to adjust to the weather.

Carry an umbrella, raincoat and warm clothes and bring nutritious food.

Do five to ten minutes of breathing exercises and walk daily for about half an hour before you leave for the pilgrimage that begins on April 22.

Have a health check and do not undertake the journey without doctor’s permission as last year some pilgrims died due to health reasons including heart attacks.

The Char Dham Yatra in Uttarakhand is one of the most popular Hindu pilgrimage sites in India. This pilgrimage is a tour of four holy places – Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri – high in the Himalayas.


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