The Uttarakhand High Court on Thursday directed the state government to lift the moratorium on the Chardham yatra and ensure that the yatra is carried out in strict compliance with the Karona rules.
The yatra will begin with restrictions on the number of devotees visiting temples in Chardham on a daily basis, said Chief Justice R.S. Chauhan and Justice. Alok Kumar Verma’s bench said while lifting the ban on the yatra. The court also said that the report of covid test being negative and vaccination certificate would remain mandatory for the pilgrims.
The court limited the daily number of devotees visiting these famous temples in the Himalayas, known as ‘Chardham’. The court ruled that 800 devotees would be admitted daily in Kedarnath Dham, 1,200 in Badrinath Dham, 600 in Gangotri and 400 in Yamunotri. The court also said that pilgrims would not be allowed to bathe in the pools around the temples.
During the Chardham Yatra, police force will be deployed in Chamoli, Rudraprayag and Uttarkashi districts as required. There was pressure on the government from all walks of life to start the Chardham Yatra, which depended on the livelihood of millions of people, including travel agents and priests. Therefore, the government has been greatly relieved by the court order.
The court had on June 28 adjourned the decision of the state cabinet to start a limited Chardham Yatra for the residents of Chamoli, Rudraprayag and Uttarkashi districts where the Chardham temples are located, due to uncertainties over the Corona.