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Uttarakhand religious administration expressed the need to allow domestic tourists to the temples

No decision has yet been taken to allow the pilgrims outside of the Uttarakhand to visit the temples.

Haridwar, Uttarakhand
Har ki Pauri, Haridwar (image source: Wikimedia Commons)

For several months now, the Uttarakhand government has banned the entry of non-residents of the Uttarakhand state to visit the temples in the state. These pilgrim sites are very important to the Hindu pilgrims and thousands of devotees travel to Uttarakhand to visit the temple sites.

The Uttarakhand government has not allowed visitors from outside the state access to religious places of worship since the lockdown. This decision was taken to contain the virus within the state’s borders. Until now, the religious sites are only open for the state locals.

Currently, the total number of COVID cases is 1,488. According to one of the priests the rule to allow only state residents has not been helpful.

The domestic tourism to these important spiritual sites is critical to the economy of Uttarakhand. The tourists provide much-needed revenue for the state and also provide jobs to the local people who are associated with these pilgrim sites.

According to the administrative officials, the pilgrims who wish to visit have their sentiments attached to the pilgrimage to these temples. The sites such as ‘Har ki Pauri’, Kedarnath, Badrinath, and other temples are important for the people who visit these temples every year.

Until not no decision has been taken to allow people from outside of Uttarakhand to visit these sites. In the next phase of unlocking, some of these restrictions are expected to be relaxed.

 

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