For the primary time since pilgrims had been allowed to go to Char Dham shrines within the state, a gaggle of foreigners from completely different international locations visited Badrinath shrine this week.
They’ve been residing in Rishikesh for the previous six months and went for the pilgrimage with the assistance of a journey firm.
The group of seven foreigners adopted all security norms and bought themselves examined for Covid-19 earlier than visiting the shrine.
“It was an incredible feeling to have been capable of go to Badrinath, amid the pristine mountains and expertise the holy vibrations of the shrine,” mentioned Carolina, from Lithuania who visited the shrine on Monday.
The pilgrims had been from Canada, United States of America (USA), Netherlands, amongst others. That is seemingly the primary shrine out of the Char Dham shrines to welcome foreigners this yr.
Ravinder Negi, district data officer Chamoli district the place Badrinath shrine is located, mentioned, “Over 10,000 pilgrims have visited the shrine since pilgrims had been allowed this yr, together with some international guests. Antigen checks are carried out for everybody coming into the district after which on the temple premises thermal screening is carried out after which palms and sneakers are sanitised. Even the autos during which the pilgrims come, these are additionally sanitised within the temple premises.”
Seema Nautiyal, tourism officer for Haridwar district, mentioned that because the nationwide lockdown was imposed in March, 27 international vacationers had been stranded within the district, nonetheless, as per the information of July, there are three international vacationers within the district.
Officers from Char Dham Devasthanam Administration Board mentioned that round 35,000 e-passes have been issued to pilgrims for visiting the shrines of which over 20,000 have visited the shrines. The response has been good regardless of the Covid-19 pandemic.
On Monday, Ravinath Raman, chief government officer of Char Dham Devasthanam Administration Board, mentioned, “It’s the effort of the state authorities that there needs to be a gradual inflow of pilgrims within the 4 shrines in order that tourism and pilgrimage can get momentum. The yatra is getting a very good response additionally, and now folks from exterior Uttarakhand can even journey by making e-pass for Char Dham Yatra and fulfilling the well being associated requirements.”