Y Branch

Mission and Vision

On the 16th of August 1995, a meeting was convened under the Chairmanship of the Honourable Chief Minister. In the said meeting 1) Somnath 2) Girnar 3) Palitana 4) Dwarka 5) Dakor & 6) Ambaji these six holy places were declared as "Pavitra Yatradham". It was also decided to entrust the basic infrastructure activities and tourist facility development activities at these Yatradhams, to the Gujarat Pavitra Yatradham Vikas Board.

Function of the Branch:

  • The branch has to sanction infrastructure and developmental projects/activities of the six Pavitra Yatradhams vis.
    • Somnath
    • Girnar
    • Palitana
    • Dwarka
    • Dakor
    • Ambaji.
  • To sanction the Budget of the Yatradhams.
  • To allocate grant for the above Yatradhams.
  • To accord the approval in principle, technical approval and administrative approval of the infrastructure projects of these Yatradhams.
  • There are 339 Govt. Devsthan in the State. Y-branch has to look after the development of these Devsthan. (List of the Devsthan is attached as Annexure-A).
  • To formulate Administrative Committees for the Pavitra Yatradham & Devsthan & appoint trustees in these committees.
  • To give insurance cover to the State Pilgrims going to Amarnath.
  • To given insurance cover to the State pilgrims going for the Kailash-Mansarovar Yatra. Kits & Economic help is provided to the above pilgrims.
  • To appoint priests & sanctioning of their pay etc.
  • To look after development activities of Shree Bahucharaji Temple located in the Mehsana District.
  • To sanction developmental activities of the six Yatradhams from Govt. grant, popular contribution & Trust Funds.
  • To deal with Court cases pertaining Pavitra Yatradhams.
  • To continue posts of employees/officers of the six pavitra yatradhams.
  • To continue posts of employees/officers of the Gujarat Pavitra Yatradham Vikas Board.
  • To approve the sanction of religious fairs & festivals celebrated at these Yatradhams & Devsthan.
  • To sanction service activities of institutions such as school, colleges, hospital, Boarding & lodges, run by Yatradham trusts.