Chardham Yatra: Portals To Yamunotri & Badrinath To Be Closed From Nov 15 & Nov 18

by Shreya Rathod
Chardham Yatra: Portals To Yamunotri & Badrinath To Be Closed From Nov 15 & Nov 18

Badrinath is one of the most visited pilgrimage sites in India and one of the Chardham locations. Situated along the banks of the Alaknanda River, the temple is often mentioned in ancient scriptures. As for Yamunotri, it is the source of River Yamuna and a sacred site. According to a recent report, the portals to both Yamunotri and Badrinath will close from next month.

Chardham Yatra: Portals To Yamunotri & Badrinath Will Close From Next Month

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The Chardham temples portal will be closed on specific dates during the winter. According to the president of the Badrinath Kedar Temple Committee, Ajendra Ajay, the portals of the revered Yamunotri shrine will close on November 15 and those of Badrinath Dham will retire to pilgrims on November 18 for the winter season.

According to Yogendra Singh, the chief executive officer of the Badri Kedar Temple Committee, the day and time of the closing of the doors of the Yamunotri and Badrinath shrines have been set for the auspicious festival of Dussehra. The time to seal the gates was determined at a meeting of the Purohit Samaj held on Tuesday at the Kharshali village temple complex.

The Yamunotri Dham portals will be shut for six months on Wednesday, November 15 at 11.57 a.m., according to the temple committee. On the auspicious day of Bhai Dooj, after a particular worship in the Abhijeet Muhurat (Makar Lagna). According to The New Indian Express, there were other Uniyals present, including Pankaj, Rajswaroop, and Suresh Uniyal.

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The Badrinath Temple Is Revered By Vaishnavas

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The temple is also one of Vishnu’s 108 Divya Desams. It is a sacred site revered by Vaishnavas and known as Badrinath. It is only open for 6 months in a year given the harsh weather conditions. The temple is situated in the Chamoli area, close to the banks of the Alaknanda River, on the Garhwal hill slopes.

A 1-foot tall statue of Vishnu as Badrinarayan made of black granite serves as the temple’s presiding deity. Even though Badrinath is in North India, the chief priest, or Rawal, is customarily a Nambudiri picked from Kerala, a state in South India.

Yamunotri Is The Source Of The River!

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Located in Garhwal Himalayas, it is one of the four locations included in India’s Chota Char Dham pilgrimage. The westernmost shrine is the source of the Yamuna River and is located atop Bandar Poonch Parvat. The Yamuna shrine and the holy hot springs at Janki Chatti, located 7 km distant, are Yamunotri’s main draws.

Similar to the River Ganga been given holy mother status, the Yamuna is credited with nurturing and thriving Indian civilisation. Hot springs can be found close to the temple and Surya Kund is the most significant kund.

Both these locations are sacred and important for Hindu pilgrims. They are part of Chota Chardham Yatra which includes Gangotri and Kedarnath. This yatra starts from Akshaya Tritiya, which is the April or May month of the Gregorian Calendar.

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If you have taken a trip to these Chardham sites, comment below and share your experience.

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