Chardham Yatra Opening Dates

Chardham opening and closing dates


Nestled in the far corners of north India, lies the state of Uttarakhand which every year, starting from the month of April/May attracts thousands of pilgrims for the sacred journey of The Char Dham.

This circuit of the ‘Four sacred abodes’ consists of Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath in a clockwise manner. The much awaited Yatra commences from the month of April/May and ends by November, before the heavy snowfall of Himalayas blocks the road during the winter months.

The specific dates for the Char Dham Yatra are announced by the Char Dham Temple Committee, Kedar-Badri Mandir Samiti after consulting the holy Hindu calendar known as the ‘Panchang’ before the holy day of Akshaya Tritiya also known as Akha Teej. It is believed that if you buy gold on this day, it will never fade away and continue to grow.

Whereas the opening dates for the Char Dham Yatra for 2020 are concerned, the tentative dates are as follows:

  • Every year the Yamunotri temple opens its gates to the devotees on the day of Akshaya Tritiya which tentatively will be on May, 2020.
  • Next in line is the Gangotri temple dedicated to goddess Ganga, which will be open for visitors starting May, 2020.
  • This will be followed by the opening of the temple dedicated to Lord Shiva - the Kedarnath Temple, after a few days, tentatively by May, 2020.
  • And finally, the temple of Badrinath will be accessible starting two days later from May, 2020.

Closing dates for the Char Dham Yatra are mentioned below:

  • Devotees can expect to bid adieu to the pious Gangotri temple on Deepawali expected on October 27, 2019.
  • The temples of Kedarnath and Yamunotri close doors on Bhai Dooj/Yama Dwitiya, which is two days after Deepawali on October 29, 2019.
  • The final Dham, which is the Badrinath Dham will be closed for the remaining year from Vijay Dashami marked on November 9, 2019.
 

Opening dates of yatra 2020

Closing dates (dates may vary)

Yamunotri Temple  -  07 May 27 October
Gangotri Temple    -  07 May 27 October
Kedarnath Temple  -  09 May 27 October
Badrinath Temple  - 10 May    09 November

 

As the colder days descend upon the Char Dham, the deities come down to their winter homes. During this time the deities of Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath are worshipped at the Yamuna mandir in Kharsali village, the Ganga mandir in Mukhba village, the Onkareshwar temple in Ukhimath and Narsingh temple in Joshimath respectively.

These temples are open and accessible even during the winters so that the inaccessibility of the roads due to snowfall do not get in the way of the devotees’ bhakti until the next year.

It is always the perfect time to start planning your spiritual journey to the Char Dham and go on an entrancing journey of a lifetime. So keep an eye on the lookout for any further updates on the opening and closing dates for Char Dham Yatra.


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