Why in News:
- Char Dham Yatra has been resumed
- The pilgrimage, considered one of the most sacred by the followers of Hinduism, is a journey to the abodes of four deities: Yamunotri (goddess Yamuna) and Gangotri (goddess Ganga) in Uttarkashi district; Kedarnath (Lord Shiva) in Rudraprayag district; and Badrinath (Lord Vishnu) in Chamoli district.
- These four ancient temples also mark the spiritual source of four sacred rivers as well: River Yamuna (Yamunotri), River Ganga or Ganges (Gangotri), River Mandakini (Kedarnath) and River Alaknanda (Badrinath).
About Chardham Project:
- The Chardham project involves developing and widening 900-km of national highways connecting the holy Hindu pilgrimage sites of the chardham sites at an estimated cost of Rs 12,000 crores.
- The highway will be called Chardham Mahamarg (Chardham Highway) and the highway construction project will be called as Chardham Mahamarg Vikas Pariyojana (Chardham Highway Development Project).
- The roads will be widened and the project will involve construction of tunnels, bypasses, bridges, subways and viaducts.