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Kedarnath: Wary of reel hunters, Kedarnath mulls ban on mobile phones | India News – Times of India

DEHRADUN: Exasperated at YouTubers and social media influencers shooting videos and reels in Kedarnath premises, the Badrinath Kedarnath Temple Committee (BKTC), which manages the administration of Kedarnath and Badrinath shrines, has now written to senior police officers to “take strict action against such persons,” adding that they are planning to “set up a cloak room, where the mobile handsets of devotees can be deposited in order to curb these practices in future.”
The development comes after a video of a YouTuber purportedly proposing to her boyfriend inside the temple premises started circulating on social media. Terming this as “a trend that is hurting the shrine’s religious sanctity”, the BKTC letter written by its executive officer, Ramesh Chandra Tiwari, said: “It has come to our notice that some social media influencers are shooting videos at Kedarnath which are religiously objectionable and have hurt the feelings of devotees. Strict action should be taken in this regard so that such acts are not repeated in a place of worship.”
BKTC chief Ajendra Ajay, meanwhile, told TOI that while a cloak room to deposit devotees’ mobile phones is being mulled, there are logistical challenges in it. Notably, similar efforts in the past to check the use of mobile phones in Kedarnath have failed after authorities termed the move as “not practically possible”.

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