Here’s the positive news for all those looking forward to commencing the spiritual ‘Char Dham Yatra’ in 2020. The doorway to the Badrinath shrine is gearing up to reopen on 30 April 2020. Commenting on the same, the President of ‘Shri Badrinath & Shri Kedarnath Temple Committee’ stated that the doors of the Badrinath shrine would be ceremonially opened at 4:30 AM on April 30, amid customary incantation of Vedic mantras that infuse a transcendental quality to the atmosphere.
The declaration of the auspicious date and hour of reopening Badrinath shrine in 2020 was made in January by the priests in the Raj Darbar (royal court) of Tehri Naresh on the occasion of Basant Panchami. End the wait and book flights to India in advance!
Badrinath Shrine, the abode of Lord Vishnu:
Badrinath shrine, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, is one of the four holiest shrines of “Char Dham,” the other three being Dwarka, Puri, and Rameswaram. It is located at an altitude of 3,133 m above sea level on the bank of the river Alaknanda in Badrinath town in Uttarakhand. This revered shrine, which has a mention in Hindu scriptures, is one of the 108 ‘Divya Desams,’ the divine lands where Lord Vishnu is worshipped in different forms.
With the snow-clad Nar and Narayan Parbats, Neelkanth Peak around the temple rendering a heavenly ambiance, the temple houses a Shaligram (black stone) idol of Lord Vishnu in the form of Lord Badrinarayan surrounded by the images of other gods like Nar-Narayan, Lakshmi, Narada, Uddhava, Ganesha, Garuda, and Kubera. The 3.3 feet idol depicts the meditative posture of God under a Badri tree. The temple looks impressive with bright colors, arched windows, elaborate carvings on walls and pillars, and a gold-plated roof.
Badrinath temple is usually open to visitors and devotees every year for a period of six months from April/ May till October/ November and remains shut during the winter, in view of the extreme climatic conditions in the high-altitude Himalayan region and inaccessibility of the route. During this time when the temple is closed, the religious rituals to the deity are performed at the Narasimha Temple in Joshimath. The closing dates of the temple would be decided and announced by the temple committee on the eve of Vijaya Dasami.
Chota Char Dham Yatra, a journey towards Salvation:
‘Char Dham Yatra’ meaning ‘a tour of four religious sites,’ is an auspicious pilgrimage that all the Hindus desire to be a part of, at least once in a lifetime. It is believed to be the Yatra to Moksha – redemption from sins and the earthly bonds. The pilgrimage involves four holy sites dedicated to the sacred rivers and Hindu Gods– Yamunotri Dham, Gangotri Dham, Shri Badrinath Dham, and Shri Kedarnath Dham. All the four shrines are situated in the Garhwal range of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand, often referred to as ‘Dev Bhoomi.’
The Yatra (journey) begins at Haridwar, which can be reached conveniently by road or rail routes. If you are flying to India, you can land at Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun and then take local buses or trains to Haridwar. Check for the attractive deals on airfares at Indian Eagle
Other important dates:
‘Maha Abhishek’ of Lord Badri Vishal with sesame oil: April 20
Tentative opening date of Yamunotri and Gangotri: April 26
Opening of Kedarnath Kapat (door): April 29 at 06:30 AM