Char Dham yatra begins a year after massive calamity

A year after the 'Char Dham' yatra was marred by massive flash floods that had left hundreds of people dead and many others stranded, the annual pilgrimage 2nd May began with the reopening of the sacred portals of the Himalayan shrines of Gangotri and Yamunotri for devotees.

Last year's mid-June flash floods did not deter 15,000-odd devotees from across the country from converging at Yamnotri and Gangotri shrines in Uttarkashi district to attend the sacred ceremony marking the re-opening of these shrines' portals. With this, the Char Dham yatra has commenced in Uttarakhand. 

Pandit Jasraj to perform at opening ceremony of Kedarnath

Indian classical vocalist Pandit Jasraj will welcome devotees with a performance at the Kedarnath shrine when its sacred portals are reopened on May 4. This will be the first time when Pandit Jasraj will be performing in Kedarnath. 

The Uttarakhand government has made elaborate preparation for the mega event, which is likely to attract devotees from all over the country. 

"Pandit Jasraj has agreed to perform live at the opening of the shrine and the event would be open for all devotees," said Umakant Panwar, Uttarakhand tourism secretary.