Badrinath and Kedarnath Dham have lost the crisis of sandalwood this time. On the request of the state government, Tamil Nadu has agreed to give two quintals of sandalwood. There will be no problem of sandalwood in Badri-Kedar Tham for the coming two years. The Badri-Kedar Temple Committee took up the matter in front of the government due to lack of sandalwood in Tamilnadu and Karnataka state from the year 2010.
The Chardham yatra is going on in the state from May 7. Baba Kedarnath on 9th May and the opening of the gateway of Badrinath Dham on 10th May will begin to attract pilgrims. The system of subordinate temples including Badrinath and Kedarnath is under the Badri-Kedar Temple Committee. But the biggest problem in front of the temple committee was sandalwood. Since the year 2010, the temple committee was not getting sandalwood from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. By which the temple committee had to work in some way.
Temple committee president Mohan Prasad Thapliyal met Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and raised the problem of sandalwood. Chief Secretary Utpal Kumar Singh talked about the availability of sandalwood from the Tamil Nadu government. On this, Tamil Nadu has agreed to give two quintals of sandalwood to the temple committee. The committee has also sent an employee to Tamil Nadu to bring Sandalwood. At the same time, the temple committee has made 80-kilo sandalwood arrangements with other Dairy gentlemen.
Every year a quarter Quintal sandalwood is offered
In addition to Badrinath and Kedarnath Dham, there are hundreds of quintals of sandalwood ascend every year in Panch Kedar, Panch Badri, and other subordinate temples. Sandalwood is arranged in Badri-Kedar and other temples through temple committee. Every day in Badrinath and Kedarnath Dham, the lamp of sandalwood takes place after the bath of God every morning. The next day the old sandalwood is lifted and distributed to devotees as offerings.
Sandalwood was not adequate from the year 2010 in the temple committee. There was a big challenge of sandalwood in the temples which were under the committee including Badri-Kedar. I met the Chief Minister about this matter. With the efforts of the Chief Minister, two quintals of sandalwood are getting arranged from Tamil Nadu. There will be no shortage of sandalwood for the next two years.
– Mohan Prasad Thapliyal, President, Badri Kedar Temple Committee