INFORMATION ABOUT CHAR DHAM YATRA 2019
Nestled amidst the stunningly picturesque surroundings of the Himalayan region are the 4 incredibly vital and pious dhams of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. This holy yatra journey is popular due to its relevance in Hindu traditions where one takes this trip to attain moksha or salvation. People also go there as a way of performing various holy puja rituals for their bygone ancestors like the Pind Daan. During this journey pilgrims wish to experience a complete eradication of all the worldly demons. Each of these dham sites are dedicated to a specific deity. The stunning white dham of Gangotri is dedicated to Goddess Ganga, sitting on the edge of the valley is the temple dedicated to Goddess Yamuna in Yamunotri, the colorful temple of Badrinath is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and the ancient jyotirlinga of Kedarnath is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The altitude at which each of the temple dhams are located is what makes this pilgrimage journey an arduous one but in the end the fruit of this yatra is extremely worth it.
The Kapat (Doors) of this holy temple will open for yatris and devotees on May 9th 2019 at 5:35 am in the morning. On May 7th 2019, as per traditions, a Bhairavnath puja will be held in Omkareshwar mandir at Ukhimath. Kedarnath Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is one of the prime centres of pilgrimage in India.Locating majestically on the green lap of the Garhwal Himalayan range, the entire route to Kedarnath Dham is dotted with breathtaking views and scenic surroundings. Being situated at a whopping height of 3,583 metres above sea level the entire region remains buried in a thick layering of white snow during its peak winter seasons during which the temple darshan shuts down and the yatra is halted for the season. The temple witnesses a large number of footfall each year.
Kedarnath temple opening and closing dates for 2019
Portals of Kedarnath to reopen on May 9.
Considered one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites in the country, Kedarnath Temple remains open for visitors only for six months a year due to extreme climatic conditions. It is also the farthest and highest among all the jyotirlingas, further making it a slightly difficult task for people to make this trip happen.
Kedarnath temple timings: Kedarnath Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is one of the prime centres of pilgrimage in India. Locating majestically on the green lap of the Garhwal Himalayan range, the entire route to Kedarnath Dham is dotted with breathtaking views and scenic surroundings. Being situated at a whopping height of 3,583 metres above sea level the entire region remains buried in a thick layering of white snow during its peak winter seasons during which the temple darshan shuts down and the yatra is halted for the season. The temple witnesses a large number of footfall each year.
When the temple is closed off for darshan, then all the yatris are taken to the winter seat of the Lord at a holy town in Rudraprayag district of Ukhimath. Legend has it that the Pandava brothers had initially constructed the temple when they visited here together to offer their prayers to Lord Shiva in order to achieve forgiveness for killing their kin – the Kauravas on the battlefield in Mahabharata. During the 7th century, it was then later on reconstructed by Adi Shankaracharya who aimed at reviving the Hindu faith. The presiding deity at Kedarnath is an irregular black stone lingam which sits on a 12-foot tall pedestal.
Closing dates of the Kedarnath Dham:
The closing dates for Kedarnath Dham have not been decided but are under consideration. According to the tradition, the temple kapat will close for public visitation during the eve of Bhai Dooj which falls after Diwali mostly between the end of October and beginning of November.
Opening Date Yamunotri Dham – The Godess Yamuna idol will be transferred from its winter abode in Kharsali (located at a distance of just 30 minutes) and be presided in the main temple during the holy eve of Akshaya Tritiya on 8th may 2019.
As the first stop in the pilgrimage, at a height of 3,293 metres in the Garhwal Himalayas and located approximately 30 kilometres North of Uttarkashi, Yamunotri is where the river Yamuna is considered to have taken birth. It is believed that by bathing in the river, people can cleanse their sins which protects them from an untimely and painful death. Located in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand, the place is known for its hot water springs. Devotees also offer prayers and boil rice and potatoes in the Surya Kund located at the Yamunotri shrine as ‘prasad’ of Devi. The shrine was built by the king of Tehri, Naresh Sudarshan Shah in 1839.
How to get Yamunotri ?
The closest airport is the Jolly Grant, Dehradun airport lies at a distance of 220 kms from the town of Yamunotri. From Delhi, one can catch regular flights to Dehradun and take a cab to Yamunotri which would cost anywhere between Rs 5,000 and Rs 6,000. One can also reach the sacred town of Yamunotri by state buses running to Hanuman Chatti (14 km from Yamunotri). While Dehradun is at 172 km from Yamunotri, Rishikesh is at a distance of 213 km. By rail, after reaching the Dehradun railway station, a good number of cabs go to Yamunotri at a cost of around Rs 4,000.
About Gangotri Temple
The tale of Gangotri is said to date back to centuries ago when Goddess Ganga transformed herself into the Bhagirathi river to dissolve the sins of King Bhagirath’s forefathers after his penance. To reduce the impact of her fall, Lord Shiva gathered her into his matted locks. Originating from the Gangotri glacier as Bhagirathi, the river is said to become Ganga once it passes Devaprayag and merges into the river Alaknanda. From Yamunotri, one can reach Gangotri by coming back to Janki Chatti and then taking an early morning bus which would take six to seven hours considering the weather and road conditions. Even if a morning bus is taken at 6 or 7 AM, one can reach Gangotri before dark.
Opening Date Gangotri Temple
The main temple opens on the holy eve of Akshaya Tritiya on 8th may 2019.
How to Reach Gangotri ?
Gangotri is a very important religious and holy place, located in Uttarakhand. It is very well connected through road with most of the major cities. The National Highway (NH 58) from Delhi to Mana is accessible throughout the year. Reaching Gangotri is not a tough task. Read on to find out how to reach Gangotri.
Reaching Gangotri By Air
The nearest airport from Gangotri is Jolly Grant, which is located just 26 km from Rishikesh. From the airport, the travelers need to take either a taxi or the luxury buses to reach Gangotri.
Reaching Gangotri By Rail
The nearest railway station is located at Rishikesh, about 249 kms away, from where one has to hire a cab or take a luxury bus to reach Gangotri.
Reaching Gangotri By Road
Gangotri is well connected by road to Uttarkashi, Tehri Garhwal and Rishikesh and to other parts of the country as well. Some important road distances from Gangotri are:
Uttarkashi 97 km
Tehri 167 km
Dharasu 125 km
Yamunotri 232 km
Mussoorie 250 km
There are bus services of Samyukt Rotaion Yatayat Vyawastha Samiti available as well, that connects Gangotri with many major centres in the region like Haridwar, Rishikesh, Tehri, Uttarkashi etc.
About Badrinath Dham
As one of the most celebrated pilgrimage, Badrinath is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Situated at an elevation of 3,133 metres, it is believed that Adi Shankaracharya established it when he found the Saligram idol of Lord Badri immersed in Alaknanda river and installed it in a cave near Tapt Kund or ‘hot springs’ just before the Badrinath temple. These hot springs are considered medicinal and it is customary to bathe before entering the Badrinath temple. The convenient and fastest way to reach Badrinath is to take a taxi. Despite the four sites of Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath being located pretty close to each other, the higher mountain regions makes it pretty impossible to have any direct road connection between them. That is why longer detours and travelling longer distances are a routine.
Opening Dates for Badrinath Dham
Badrinath Temple will be opened on 10 May, 2019 at 04:15 am. The date was announced by the king and Pandit Krishna Prasad Uniyal after they performed Ganesh Puja and studied the Panchang. Badrinath is a very important religious and holy place dedicated to lord vishnu, located in Uttarakhand. Read below to find out how to reach Badrinath.
Reach Badrinath By Air
The nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun, located at a distance of 314 kms. From here, Badrinath can be reached by hiring a cab or on a luxury bus.
Reach Badrinath By Rail
The nearest railhead is located in Rishikesh, which is 297 kms away and is connected to major cities like Howrah, Mumbai, Delhi and Lucknow. There are two routes to reach Badrinath from Delhi, which are as follows:
Route 1: Delhi-Rishikesh: 287 kms by rail, Rishikesh-Badrinath 297 kms by road.
Route 2: Delhi-Kotdwar: 300 kms by rail, Kotdwar-Badrinath 327 kms by road.
Reach Badrinath By Road
One can hire private taxis and other vehicles which are available between Rishikesh and Badrinath. There are State buses available as well, which operate regularly between Delhi and Rishikesh. The distance between Delhi and Rishikesh is 230 kms.
Best Time For Char Dham Yatra
The best time to visit Chardham is from April to June as the weather remains sunny and comfortable. The snow melts away in small rivulets unveiling the lush green underneath. The mountains muffled in white clouds, whispering cedars, blooming flowers, crystal blue sky, dancing rivers together make a picture perfect mountainscape. We also organize tours and short trips to Char Dham including Badrinath, kedarnath, Gangotri and Yumunotri , please click here for more details about char dham yatra