Uttarakhand Chardham Yatra Opening and Closing Dates

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Char Dham Yatra Opening & Closing Dates 2020

Opening Dates 2020 Closing Tentative Dates 2020
Yamunotri Temple 26 April 2020 Yamunotri Temple  Update Soon..
Gangotri Temple 26 April 2020 Gangotri Temple  Update Soon..
Kedarnath Temple 29 April 2020 Kedarnath Temple  Update Soon..
Badrinath Temple 15 May 2020 Badrinath Temple  Update Soon..

When Do the Char Dham Portals Open?

The opening dates for the char dham yatra of 2020 were announced on the holy eve of Basant Panchami on 10th February 2020 by the temple committee of char dham. Given below are the dates that will mark the opening of the char dham portals and when the idol will be transferred from their winter homes to the main temple.

Yamunotri DhamThe idol will be transferred from its winter abode in Kharsali (located at a distance of just 20 minutes) and be presided in the main temple during the holy eve of Akshaya Tritiya on 26 April 2020.

Gangotri Dham Gangotri dham also opens up during the holy eve of Akshaya Tritiya which his scheduled to take place on 26 April 2020 this year. The presiding idol is transferred to the main dham shrine from her winter home in Mukhba village which is situated at a distance of just half an hour.

Kedarnath Dham On the hoy eve of Akshaya Tritiya on 29 April 2020 the idol of Lord Kedar is set to transfer from his winter abode in Ukhimath and takes 2 days to reach the main temple of Kedarnath amongst great zeal and enthusiasm. The idol leaves its winter home at 5:35 am in the morning and transferred to Phata for the night. Then the idol of transferred the next day to Guptkashi for another night stay there and finally on the morning of the third day it reaches Kedarnath dham where it is open for Darshan to the general public.

Badrinath DhamThis holy home of Lord Vishnu also opens up during the holy eve of Akshaya Tritiya at 4:30 am in the morning on 15 May 2020. The idol of the presiding deity is brought back from its winter home in Joshimath which is situated at a distance of 1 hour and 30 mins.

When will the Char Dham Portals Shut Down?

The dates for the closing of the holy Char Dham portals are decided by the temple committee during the holy eve of Vijay Dashmi or Dussehra which is expected to fall on 8th October 2020.

Yamunotri Dham – The closing date for the dham is depicted on the holy eve of Bhai Dooj which will take place on 9th October 2020 and it will also mark the time when the idol of the presiding deity is shifted to its the village of Kharsali.

Gangotri Dham – The temple Kapat is shut down for Darshan during the holy occasion of Diwali which is predicted to take place on 8th October 2020. This is also the time when the idol of goddess Ganga is transferred to the village of Mukhba.

Kedarnath Dham – The Kapat of the temple is set to shut down for Darshan on the holy eve of Bhai Dooj which is set to take place on 9th October 2020 and the doli of the idol will also be transferred to its winter home in Ukhimath after covering a 2 night journey.

Badrinath Dham – The closing ceremony for Badrinath dham is set to take place on the auspicious eve of Bhai Dooj which is set to take place on 20th October 2020 where the idol of Lord Vishnu is transferred to his winter home in Joshimath.

Darshan Timings for Char Dham Temples in 2020:

Badrinath Dham – The temple doors open for Darshan as early as 4:30 am in the morning where the morning Aarti and puja rituals take place till 6:30 am in the morning. The general public starts thronging the temple from 7 am to 8 am in the morning. This goes on till 1 pm in the afternoon after which there is a short recess and the Darshan reopens at 4 pm in the afternoon and finally the doors are closed at 9 pm at night.

Kedarnath Dham – The temple opens its doors for early morning puja rituals at 4 am in the morning that carries on till 7 am after which the general crowd starts entering the temple. The Darshan goes on till 1 pm in the afternoon and after a short break of 3 hours it resumes at 4 pm in the afternoon. The temple finally closes for Darshan at 9 pm in night.

Yamunotri Dham – The devotees start their Darshan at 7 am or 8 am in the morning. Just like the other dham sites a short break of 1 pm to 4 pm is given which can be considered as a short recess. Then after 4 hours the temple doors closes for the day at 8 pm in night.

Gangotri Dham – The temple Darshan timings for devotees opens up early morning at 6:15 am which carries on till 2:00 pm in the afternoon. After a short break of 1 hour at 3:00 pm the temple Darshan reopens and carries on till 9:30 at night.

Best Time to Visit

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.

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