As life came to a standstill due to landslides on Uttarakhand’s Badrinath highway, a man whose barat was stuck for more than two hours, said his bride would get angry if he did not reach for the marriage rituals on time.
He said, “My ‘dulhan’ might get angry because we are late for the wedding rituals.”
The groom and his barat (wedding procession) got stuck in a kilometer-long traffic jam after an entire stretch of the all-weather NH-58 got washed away at Uttarakhand’s Karnaprayag on Wednesday.
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Laughing at the situation, a shy groom, Shubham Choudhary, said he was late for his own wedding. “We are receiving phone calls from my in-laws. They are stressed. I have told them that we are stuck in traffic,” he said.
Already two hours late, the groom’s family was hoping to reach the destination within the ‘mahurat’ (auspicious time).
A pandit, accompanying the barat, said the mahurat was till 5 pm only. “We have already been stuck in traffic for two hours,” he said.
Rescue operators at work. (Photo: India Today)
The groom’s father, Mahendra Choudhary, was constantly seen approaching police to let them pass the road blockade. The groom’s father said, “My son’s marriage is to happen today, but we are stuck in traffic for nearly an hour-and-a-half. We were supposed to reach Kanda Khal in Pauri Garhwal by 1 pm. But we are still stuck in Karnaprayag. We are travelling from Pokhri. It would take us at least two hours to reach the destination only once the traffic is cleared.”
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An India Today team present on ground zero found out how tourist vehicles were stuck affecting pilgrimage in the region due to road blockades.
The NH-58 stretch was washed away by a waterfall stream right ahead of Karnaprayag, the only way to Badrinath, causing long traffic snarls on both sides. Angry devotees were left stranded at the Gauchar Check Post in Karnaprayag due to roadblock.
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