The final preparations for the Chardham Yatra are now on and the officials are giving final touches to the preparations.
The yatra is beginning on My 15 this year, which is a delay of around a month due to falling of the ‘adhimas’, which is known as Mal mas in the hills during which auspicious religious activities are not held. The gods of the four dhams of Utarakhand are presently said to be residing in their winter abodes.
The portals of the Badrinath temple would be opened on May 19 this year. The portals of Gangotri would open on May 15, those of Yamnotri on May 16 and the portals of Kedarnth temple would open on May 18.
The transport department has already asked the private bus operators of the region for pressing their vehicles into service. The ratio would be 60 per cent for local passengers and 40 per cent for ferrying pilgrims related to the Chardham yatra.
As per the vice president of the Chardham Vikas Parishad Suratram Nautiyal, it is after a, long time that the mal mas have fallen during the month of April due to which the yatra had to be deferred by over a month. “Usually the Chardham yatra begins in the month of April, but this time the Mal mas have led to the delay. The Mal mas have profound religious influence in the hill areas of the state where auspicious rituals are not held during this period including marriages.