Dismissing apprehensions of visitors planning to cancel their bookings for Uttarakhand in the wake of the latest earthquake in Nepal, the state government on Wednesday said Char Dham yatra routes and all tourist spots are absolutely safe and there is no need to worry.
Akshaya Tritiya, the holy festival is celebrated among Hindus and Jains. Akshaya Tritiya is considered to be an auspicious day to inaugurate new ventures. This year the auspicious day is on April 21. It is also known as Akha Teej, celebrated on the third day of the Hindu month of Vaisakha.
With the 'chardham yatra' scheduled to begin on April 21, main opposition BJP in Uttarakhand on Thursday said it will send its MLAs to areas close to the four Himalayan shrines to take stock of the condition of roads and other arrangements for devotees on the route.
The Uttarakhand government has decided to grant a pension of Rs 800 per month to purohits living in the hills to stop their migration to the plains in search of livelihood, a senior official said here on Saturday.
All preparations are complete for the start of Chardham yatra from May 2 with the road from Rudraprayag to Joshimath on way to Badrinath fully black-topped and the snow-clogged highway leading to the Himalayan shrine cleared of snow and opened to traffic, Chief Secretary Subhash Kumar on Sunday said.
Devotees thronged major chardham destinations in U`khand as the portals of the Himalayan shrines were thrown open to public on occasion of Akshaya Tritiya amid chanting of vedic hymns and blowing of conch shells.