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Pandit Jasraj to perform at the opening ceremony of Kedarnath

Pandit Jasraj

Hindustani classical vocalist Pandit Jasraj will welcome devotees with an early morning performance of ‘ragas’ at the Himalayan shrine of Kedarnath when its sacred portals are reopened on May 4

Pandit JasrajDehradun: Hindustani classical vocalist Pandit Jasraj will welcome devotees with an early morning performance of ‘ragas’ at the Himalayan shrine of Kedarnath when its sacred portals are reopened on May 4 after a six-month winter break.

It is for the first time in the history of the famed shrine that a program like this has been conceived as part of its opening ceremony, Secretary, Tourism and Culture Umakant Panwar, said.

“Pandit Jasraj has agreed to perform live in concert at the high altitude shrine after the ceremonious opening of its gates in the wee hours on May 4,” Panwar informed.

“It is the first chardham yatra season following the tragedy which shook the whole nation and we wanted to make it special in every way,” he said.

The Himalayan temple and areas close to it in Kedar valley witnessed massive devastation when a calamity of catastrophic proportions hit Uttarakhand in June last year.

The essentially divine and meditative nature of our classical ragas goes with the occasion and the great artist has agreed to grace it with a three-hour performance from 7 AM to 10 AM, Panwar said.

Pandit Jasraj will arrive at the Jollygrant Airport in the wee hours on May 4 and will be flown in a chopper to Kedarnath where all preparations have been made for his concert, the official said.

The chardham yatra begins tomorrow with the opening of the Gangotri and Yamunotri shrines in Garhwal Himalayas to be followed by that of Kedarnath on May 4 and Badrinath on May 5.

All preparations are complete for the beginning of the chardham yatra slated for tomorrow, Chief Secretary Subhash Kumar, who is out in the field to assess the preparations, said.

All preparations are in place for the yatra to Gangotri, Yamunotri and Badrinath temples but some work remains to be done en route Kedarnath for which senior officials have been sent to Kedar Valley, Kumar said.

The officials have been asked to give an action taken report by May 3, a day before the portals of Kedarnath are opened.

Supplies of ration and kerosene adequate for one month have been sent in advance in Kedarnath to meet any exigencies.

No hotels or dhabas are being run on Kedarnath yatra route, instead a ‘langar’ (community kitchen) will be set up by Garhwal Vikas Nigam which has been asked to prepare food for 1000 people on a daily basis.

Besides, the Nigam will also put up refreshment points along the way, he said.

Accommodation for 250 people in Lincholi and 500 people in Kedarnath is being arranged.Other than 7 prefabricated huts, 15 small and as many big tents are being constructed. 30 tents are being pitched at the base camp by the Red Cross society.

Material for 25 tents will be placed in advance.

Arrangements for providing power at Kedarnath have been made with 2 additional transformers having already reached Lincholi.By May 3 electricity will be available in Kedarnath, Kumar said.

The yatra will be held with the help of SDRF and Police personnel deployed at sensitive places prone to landslides.

Four SDRF teams have been placed in Kedar Valley.

Police outposts have also been set up.

PTI

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