Uttarakhand’s 2018 Char Dham Yatra Sees More Than 26 Lakh Pilgrims, Highest In Seven Years

Uttarakhand’s 2018 Char Dham Yatra Sees More Than 26 Lakh Pilgrims, Highest In Seven YearsKedarnath Temple in Uttarakhand (Vinay Santosh Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

The number of pilgrims embarking on the Char Dham pilgrimage in Uttarakhand reached a seven year high in 2018, Zee news has reported.

The Chota Char Dham Yatra, which comprises pilgrimage to four Himalayan shrines - Shri Badrinath, Shri Kedarnath, Yamunotri and Gangotri - recently concluded for winter season on 20 November with the closing of portals of Shri Badrinath temple.

As per the report, official figures reveals that about 26.13 lakh pilgrims visited these shrines in 2018 compared to 25.07 lakh pilgrims arriving in 2012.

Shri Kedarnath temple, which was worst affected during the 2013 flash floods, has been visited by more than 7.30 lakh devotees till the closure of its portal on 9 November exceeding the last year number by 2.61 lakh.

Meanwhile, in Badrinath, more than 10.38 lakh pilgrims visited the shrine in 2018 compared to 9.20 lakh in the previous year.

Similar trend was recorded with the influx of devotees in Gangotri and Yamunotri temples located in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. The total number of devotees that visited Gangotri and Yamunotri shrines in 2018 season was 4.47 lakh and 3.94 lakh respectively.

Due to snowfall in the Himalayan regions, these shrines remain closed for pilgrims during the winter season and reopen in April-May with summer’s onset.