Kullu, 07 July (Hindustan Times). Deputy Commissioner Kullu and President of Shrikhand Mahadev Yatra Trust Ashutosh Garg flagged off the Shrikhand Yatra from Singhgad in Nirmand on Friday morning. During this, he flagged off a group of 50 devotees and Bhimakali Chhadi Yatra. This journey will run from 07 to 20 July and this journey is one of the most difficult journeys in the world.

Earlier, the Deputy Commissioner wished for the yatra by participating in the puja-archana and havan at Singhgad. Wishing the pilgrims the best of luck for the yatra, he urged them to ensure strict adherence to all the guidelines issued by the trust during the yatra so that their yatra can be safe. During this, the Deputy Commissioner urged the pilgrims not to throw garbage especially plastic waste in the forest. He urged the devotees to bring back plastic waste with them. He said that the administration has issued guidelines and rules related to the yatra to ensure the safety of the pilgrims and they do not face any kind of difficulty.

The Deputy Commissioner said that the district administration has set up 5 base camps at Singhgad, Thachadu, Kunsha, Bhim Dewari and Parvati Bagh to make the Shrikhand Yatra a success and for the convenience of the devotees. The yatra area has been divided into five sectors from Nirmand to Shrikhand. Sector officers have been posted at all five places. Under his leadership, rescue, police and district administration teams have been deployed in all base camps including doctors, para medical teams. A team of 16 members trained in relief and rescue work of Atal Vihari Vajpayee Mountaineering and Allied Sports Institute has been deployed to deal with any emergency and help the devotees.

The Deputy Commissioner said that devotees can register online to go to Shrikhand Yatra. So far more than 4000 devotees have registered for the yatra. Also offline registration facility is available in Singhagad. Devotees will be allowed to go on the yatra only after medical examination.

SDM Nirmand and Vice President Shrikhand Yatra Trust Manmohan Singh said that no devotee will be sent for Shrikhand Yatra after 5 pm. He urged the devotees not to travel at night. On this occasion, the founder member of Shrikhand Yatra Trust, Budhi Singh Thakur, DSP . Chandrashekhar Kayath, members of the trust and a large number of devotees were present.

This is how Shrikhand reached Mahadev

Travelers coming from outside states can travel about 130 km from Shimla to Rampur by bus or taxi. After this one has to travel 17 km from Rampur to Nirmand and 23 km from Nirmand to Jao by vehicle. Beyond this, travelers have to travel about 32 km on foot till Shrikhand Mahadev.

Important instructions for travelers

It is often seen that many travelers above Parvati Bagh feel sick due to lack of oxygen. Travelers who feel lack of oxygen, excessive breathlessness, headache, inability to climb, complaints of vomiting, blurred vision and dizziness, such travelers should rest immediately and go down and consult a doctor at the base camp. Contact. Travelers must bring with them essential items including a pucca stick, grip shoes, rain umbrella, dry fruits, warm clothes, torch and glucose. The arduous and risky Shrikhand Mahadev Yatra has been under the trust since 2014. Continuous efforts are being made every year by the district administration for the facilities of the devotees.

Rahul Dev

Cricket Jounralist at Newsdesk

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