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Donation facilities at Kedarnath

Devotees may now donate online at the door when visiting Kedarnath temple, the most distant pilgrimage site in the Char Dham yatra.

Dimple Arora reports on the donation facilities available at Kedarnath.

In the aftermath of the devastating 2013 floods and landslides in the Kedarnath region of India, there was an outpouring of support from people across the country who wanted to contribute to the relief and rehabilitation efforts. One of the ways that people could help was through digital donations.

Digital donations are a form of charitable giving that involves using technology and online platforms to donate money to a cause or organization. In the case of Kedarnath, several organizations set up digital donation portals to enable people to contribute to the relief efforts from the comfort of their homes.

One of the organizations that played a significant role in facilitating digital donations was the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF). The PMNRF is a public charitable trust that was set up in 1948 to provide immediate relief to people affected by natural calamities and other emergencies. After the floods in Kedarnath, the PMNRF set up a digital donation portal that enabled people to make contributions using their credit or debit cards, net banking, or mobile wallets.

Another organization that used digital donations to raise funds for Kedarnath was the Indian Red Cross Society. The Red Cross set up a dedicated webpage on its website where people could donate online using their credit or debit cards. The organization also accepted donations through mobile wallets and bank transfers.

Apart from these organizations, several crowdfunding platforms also played a significant role in facilitating digital donations for Kedarnath. Platforms like Milaap, Ketto, and Crowdera allowed people to create fundraising campaigns and share them with their friends and family on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. These campaigns enabled people to make contributions to Kedarnath relief efforts using their credit or debit cards or mobile wallets.

The use of digital donations for Kedarnath relief efforts was a significant development in the world of charitable giving in India. It allowed people from across the country to contribute to the relief efforts conveniently and securely, without having to worry about logistical challenges or physical distance. Moreover, it demonstrated the potential of technology to enable people to make a difference in the world, even when they are not physically present.

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