Char Dham pilgrims have been strictly following the government’s guidelines in times of COVID-19. Every visitor has to wear a mask and observe social distancing, they are also not given any prasad to curb the spread of coronavirus in the state.
It should be noted that the Uttarakhand government allowed visitors from the state to visit Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri from July onwards. Till now 5000 e-passes have been issued from the state and recently the number of e-passes increased for shrines Kedarnath and Gangotri as Savan has started.
Char Dham pilgrims will have to go for undergoing thermal scanning and sanitization before entering the shrines and mask is mandatory for everyone. According to priests in Badrinath pilgrims are following all the guidelines properly.
Char Dham pilgrims asked to follow these norms
As per reports, visitors are not allowed to touch the idols and take any sort of offerings like prasad. Applying a tika or holy thread is also prohibited. According to Deepak Semwal, ritualistic prayers are not being offered as it is important for the priest and locals to remain safe.
The Char Dham authorities have opened guesthouses nearby which is very helpful to the pilgrims as they can stay nearby. According to a media in charge, pilgrims are visiting shrines with great enthusiasm and many requests of e-passes are being received by the authorities.