The Chardham Yatra in Uttarakhand started on Wednesday with the opening of the portals of Gangotri and Yamunotri shrines for pilgrims in the midst of rituals and chanting of Vedic songs. The portals of the other two shrines, Kedarnath and Badrinath would open on April 29 and April 30.
The traditional ritual started after the idols of Goddesses Yamunotri and Gangotri were brought in palanquins by the villagers where they are worshipped amid their winter stay. On the landing of the divinities, the pandits presented Vedic songs and performed expand rituals inside the sanctuary.
A huge number of pilgrims were present to welcome the divinities speaking to Ma Ganga. The Local MLA from Yamunotri Kedar Singh Rawat respected the travelers and made a donation of Rs 5 lakh for the workplace of sanctuary board. “In 2016 and 2017 we had the great turnout of explorers and were are confident that the turnout would be useful for this yatra as well,” said Jagmohan Uniyal, VP of sanctuary board of trustees (Yamunotri).
Also, MLA from Gangotri Gopal Singh Rawat alongside a number of devotees was present to welcome the palanquin conveying the idol of Gangotri as it arrived at Gangotri Dham from Bhairav Ghati.
The portals of Kedarnath and Badrinath shrines, the other two temples of the Chardham Yatra, are set to be revived on April 29 and April 30.