After the state government had postponed the Chardham Yatra amid growing Corona cases, respecting the sentiments of the devotees at this time of crisis, the Uttarakhand government is preparing for a virtual visit to Char Dham for the devotees. Now, people sitting at home will be able to see Char Dham. In this regard,
Tourism Minister Satpal Maharaj also has a long discussion with Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat and the CM also said that the decision was justified. Devotees will get online darshan of Char Dham except for the sanctum sanctorum.
By arranging virtual darshan of Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath, devotees from all over the country, wishing to visit the Char Dhams and offer prayers through online darshan for audio and video tour of the temple premises.
On Thursday, Tourism Minister Satpal Maharaj, wrote a letter to the CEO of Char Dham Devasthanam Board, Ravinath Raman and instructing to arrange online darshan for devotees across the globe. Satpal Maharaj said that keeping in mind the safety of pilgrims from India and abroad, the state government had decided to postpone Char Dham darshan and instructions have been given to make arrangements to conduct a virtual darshan of Char Dham. Now, during the Corona period, pilgrims will be able to have virtual darshan of Char Dham and offer prayers while staying safe at home.
Now the Uttarakhand government has started the process of refunding the ticket money to all those devotees who had booked a helicopter in advance for Kedarnath during the Char Dham Yatra. As per the instructions from Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat, the entire booking amount of the helicopter service for all pilgrims to Kedarnath temple will be refunded, except for the processing fees of Rs 200. A Government Undertaking Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN) had taken fare from the devotees on behalf of helicopter companies through its website. GMVN director Ashish Chauhan has asked all concerned banks to start the process of refunding money to the accounts of devotees.