Uttarakhand: Plans to develop Chota Kailash as major pilgrimage site

Amid speculations over Kailash-Mansarovar Yatra due to Covid-19 spike, Chota Kailash or Adi Kailash in Uttarakhand proposed to be developed as major pilgrimage site and to advertise as a vacation spot for spiritual tourism


UPDATED ON FEB 26, 2021 05:30 PM IST

With no readability on whether or not the Kailash-Mansarovar Yatra can be held this year, the Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam proposes to develop Chota Kailash, the unique abode of Lord Shiva on the Indian aspect of the border with China, as a major pilgrimage site. “Chota Kailash, also called Adi Kailash is considered the original abode of Lord Shiva and can be the best pilgrimage site to visit for Shiva devotees from across the country,” KMVN Chairperson Kedar Joshi stated.  

Connectivity to Chota Kailash has additionally improved with the BRO connecting Vyas valley with a motor highway in June final year making it far more handy for pilgrims to attain the site, he stated.  

KMVN is the nodal company for the annual Kailash-Mansarovar Yatra which was not held final year due to the coronavirus pandemic and isn’t possible to be held this year as nicely with the preparatory conferences not held to date.

The conferences are held within the first week of February by the Ministry of External Affairs.

The KMVN Chairperson stated he’s planning to go to Chota Kailash himself in April to take stock of the infrastructure on manner to the pilgrimage site.

Though well-known amongst Shiva devotees, infrastructure round Chota Kailash wants to be upgraded to appeal to an increasing number of pilgrims on the traces of the chardham yatra, he stated. 

“For instance we want construction of a civilian helipad at Jolingkong for the convenience of Chota Kailash bound pilgrims,” Joshi stated.

At current round 1000 pilgrims go to Chota Kailash every year starting from the month of June.

“I will be accompanied by Nigam officials who will find possibilities of connecting Vyas Gufa, situated on the eastern corner of Vyas with Chota Kailash that is situated on its western corner,” Joshi stated.

He stated KMVN needs to prolong an invite to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to go to Chota Kailash which can go a good distance in selling it as a vacation spot for spiritual tourism.

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