DEHRADUN, Nov 21
A day after closing of Badrinath Shrine, Char Dham yatra has come to a conclusion with closure of portals of all the four Char Dham shrines and the Sikh Shrine of Hemkund Sahib.
A staggering 18 lakh 53 thousand 9 hundred pilgrims visited all the five shrines during this yatra season. The season started on April 29 with opening of portal of Yamnotri and Gangotri shrines. This was followed by opening of Kedarnath and Badrinath Shrines on May 3 and May 6 respectively.
Maximum of Char Dham pilgrims came from Uttar Pradesh with a total of 98161 pilgrims coming from this most populous state. A total of 90114 pilgrims came from Maharashtra, 75216 from Madhya Pradesh, 74521from Punjab, 64069 from Rajasthan, 49607 from Gujarat, 44033 from Delhi, 36246 from Karnataka, 32371 from Haryana and 32238 pilgrims came from Andhra Pradesh. Interestingly, some pilgrims also came from Mizoram, Nagaland and Lakshdweep and Daman and Diu.
Nearly thirteen thousand foreign pilgrims also came to Uttarkhand for Char Dham yatra. Such rising number of pilgrims came as a big encouraging factor for Uttarakhand government that has been battling hard to revive char dham pilgrimage in the aftermath of 2013 Kedarnath catastrophe.