Chardham Yatra in Uttarakhand: Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri Dham Doors to Open on Akshaya Tritiya

Khushbu Kumari Jha
Chardham Yatra in Uttarakhand Kedarnath Gangotri and Yamunotri Dham Doors to Open on Akshaya Tritiya
Chardham Yatra in Uttarakhand Kedarnath Gangotri and Yamunotri Dham Doors to Open on Akshaya Tritiya

Experience the sacred journey of Chardham Yatra in Uttarakhand as the doors of Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri Dham open on Akshaya Tritiya.

Excitement and anticipation mark the arrival of Akshaya Tritiya on May 10th as the revered Kedarnath Dham in Uttarakhand will be open for devotees at 7 am. Alongside, the doors of Gangotri and Yamunotri Dham will also swing open on the same day, offering a sacred opportunity for pilgrims. Subsequently, on May 12th, the gates of Badrinath Dham will welcome devotees from 6 am during Brahma Muhurta, signaling the commencement of the revered Chardham Yatra in Uttarakhand.

Online registration for the Chardham Yatra commenced on April 15th, enabling devotees to secure their pilgrimage slots conveniently. Additionally, offline registration has also commenced from May 8th, ensuring that all devotees have access to this sacred journey.

Chairman of the Badrinath-Kedarnath Temple Committee, Ajendra Ajay, shared insights into the elaborate preparations underway to welcome devotees to Kedarnath Dham. The temple is being adorned with 40 quintals of vibrant flowers, enhancing the spiritual ambiance for the worshippers. The opening ceremony on May 10th will be accompanied by elaborate rituals, including worship and Vedic chanting, marking the beginning of the sacred pilgrimage.

Traditionally, the doors of Kedarnath Dham remain closed for six months from Bhai Dooj until Akshaya Tritiya. During this period, the deity is worshipped at the Omkareshwar temple. The announcement of the door closure is made on Vijayadashami, with the reopening announcement on Mahashivratri. Typically, the doors of Badrinath Dham open two days after Kedarnath Dham.

Badrinath and Kedarnath Dham, located in Chamoli and Rudraprayag districts of Uttarakhand, witness heavy snowfall from October to November, leading to road blockages. Consequently, the annual closure of these Dhams is a necessary precautionary measure.

For pilgrims planning to visit Kedarnath, the nearest airport is the Jolly Great Airport in Dehradun, approximately 239 km away. From there, devotees can travel by road or helicopter. Alternatively, one can embark on a journey from Haridwar to Rudraprayag and onwards to Kedarnath for a spiritually enriching experience.

The opening of the doors of these sacred Dhams signifies not just a journey of physical travel but a profound spiritual odyssey for millions of devotees seeking divine blessings and solace.