The long winter break for the Badri Vishal Temple in Badrinath will soon be over. Each year the Temple doors (Kapat) are closed after Diwali for the winter. This is because much of the area is completely snowbound. The Murti and Pujas of the temple are moved to Joshimath for the duration of winter.
Badrinath Temple Kapat opening and closing date 2021:-
The auspicious opening date and time have been announced. The Temple doors will be opened on Tuesday, 18th May 2021 at 04:15 AM. This was decided at a ceremony held on Basant Panchami at Raj Darbar in Narendra Nagar. Raj Darbar is a palace and the residence of the former rulers of Tehri Garhwal.
Badrinath Temple Closing date not announced yet:-
The closing date is still to be decided. Last year the temple was closed on 19th November (4 days after Diwali). The date will be announced after a decision has been taken.
Traditional Oil PitcherBadrinath Temple:-
Traditionally a pitcher of oil known as Gadu Ghada is sent from the palace before the opening of the temple doors. This tradition has been in practice for hundreds of years. The Ghada will leave the palace for Badrinath on the 29th of April 2021 in a ceremonious procession. The Gadu Ghada is used for the rituals of the reopening of the temple. Long pujas and rituals precede the opening of the temple doors.
Badrinath is the last Dham to be visited on the Uttarakhand Char Dham Yatra. Traditionally the Yatra is done from West to East – Yamunotri, followed by Gangotri and Kedarnath, then completing the journey in Badrinath.
Badrinath assumes added significance for devotees as it is a part of the main Char Dham Yatra along with Jagannath Puri, Rameshwaram, and Dwarka. It is also one of the Chhota Char Dham Yatra along with Yamunotri, Gangotri and Kedarnath. The importance of Badrinath as a ‘Tirth’ has been written about in various Puranas and other religious texts. Badrinath has been said to give the highest reward in Sanatana Dharma – ‘Moksha’ – Freedom from the cycle of life and death. Devotion and faith is all that is needed.
Some places to visit Near Badrinath Temple:-
Tapt Kund – Near the Badrinath temple, this hot water spring contains medicinal properties. Pilgrims take a dip here before entering the Temple.
Narad Kund – Near Tapt Kund. It is believed Sage Narad authored “Narad Bhakti Sutra” here. Adi Shankaracharya discovered the Idol of Lord Vishnu at this place, which was enshrined in a cave near this kund.
Mana Village – This is the location of Vyas Gufa and a Ganesh temple. It is here Vyasji took the help of Lord Ganesh while composing the Mahabharat.
Bheem Pul – This natural rock bridge is near Mana Village, and is believed to have been constructed by Bheem by laying a rock across the river.
Saraswati River – As is known, the Saraswati river vanished thousands of years ago. A small stream flowing from the mountains near Mana village merges with the Alaknanda 1 km ahead and is believed to be the lost Saraswati river.
Vasudhara Falls – This idyllic spot is 6 km from Mana village and can be reached by a trek. Beautiful scenes of the glaciers and peaks can be seen from here.
Note: The above information is to the best of our knowledge.
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