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Row Over Live-Streaming of the Chardham Yatra

The Uttarakhand government on 29 June suspended the Char Dham Yatra until further notice, a day after the Uttarakhand High Court directed the state government to not allow the same, arguing that religious faith cannot be allowed to override “public safety.”

The court had also asked the Uttarakhand government to ensure live-streaming of visuals from the four shrines.

Following the court’s order, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, on 17 July, rejected the live-streaming option proposed by the court.

Dhami said that religious ceremonies performed in the inner sanctorum of Char Dham Yatra will not be live-streamed “as it is not written in the Vedas.”

Speaking to reporters he said, “After taking into account all the suggestions, we have decided not to hold live-streaming of Char Dham Yatra as it is not written in the Vedas.”

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