A year after the destruction caused by massive flash floods,the annual pilgrimage ,Char Dham Yatra 2014 on Friday began with reopening of sacred portals or Kapat’s of the Char Dham i.e. Badrinath, Kedarnath, Yamunotri and Gangotri.
The Kapat of Gangotri Dham and Yamunotri Dham were opened on the auspicious ocassion of Akshay Tritya.
Proper arrangements were made to ensure safety of pilgrims, the portals of Gangotri dham dedicated to ‘Mother Ganga’, located in Uttarakashi district, were opened at 1201 hrs on the auspicious occasion of Akshaya Tritiya after the traditional six-month winter break.
A large number of devotees flocked to the temple located at a height of over 10,000 ft to witness the ceremony marked by vedic rituals held by the chief priest of the temple in the presence of senior administrative and police officials, Bhatwari SDM KK Singh said.
The Yamunotri shrine dedicated to ‘Mother Yamuna’ in the same district was also reopened to devotees after special prayers and rituals performed by the head priest at 1225 hrs.
The kapats of Kedarnath and Badrinath, which are part of the char dhams, were reopened this week on May 4 and May 5 respectively.
As this is the first season after the tragedy brought the yatra to an abrupt halt, elaborate arrangements have been made this year for Char Dham Yatra 2014 safe conduct of the journey, including deployment of security and disaster relief personnel, biometric registration of pilgrims and issuing of weather alerts on mobile phones.