Every year lakhs of devotees make it a point to join their hands as one and make the ultimate pilgrimage to the hills of Garhwal for the iconic Char Dham Yatra. Badrinath Dham is one of the most important parts of the Char Dham Yatra of Uttarakhand as well as India along with Rameswaram, Dwarkadhish, and Jagannath temple. Badrinath is a Vishnu Temple placed on the banks of the holy Alaknanda River and against the scenic backdrop of the twin peaks of Nar and Narayan.
As per traditions and also keeping in mind the weather conditions, the temple opens up for Darshan to the devotees as the summer months approach. It shuts down again as the winter wind comes around again and the region gets completely enveloped in a thick snow cover making traveling to Badrinath impossible.
The dates of opening and closing are decided by the Badri Kedar temple committee. It is announced on Basant Panchami.
Planning a trip to Badri Vishal? It is important to know about its opening and closing dates exactly. Remember that the temple remains open for 6 months. It is a good idea to book the Badrinath tour package ASAP!
Opening Date for Badrinath 2023
2023 Badrinath Opening Date – 8th May 2023
The ancient temple of Badrinath opens its doors to scores of devotees every year in late April or early May. The dates are decided according to the Hindu calendar or Panchang. The idol of Badri Vishal is transferred to the main Badrinath Dham temple from his winter home. This ritual has been going on for ages now. It continues to be a fascinating experience for everyone involved. The transfer of the idol involves great dance and song performances. The temple opens up on Akshaya Tritiya amidst a huge puja procession.
Closing Date of Badrinath 2023
2023 Badrinath Closing Date – 5th October 2023
As winter sets in, the temple starts preparing for its closing. The temple shuts down during Vijayadashami. Just like its opening, the shutting down procession of the temple is equally exciting. The idol of Badri Vishal is shifted to his winter home in Joshimath. The Char Dham Yatra can be continued even in winter as the winter Char Dham Yatra. By the time of closing the entire region of Badri Kshetra gets covered entirely in a thick layer of snow.
Post-Covid, there are a few guidelines that every pilgrim is expected to follow:
- Compulsory online registration and obtaining of E Pass prior to entering the premises.
- RT-PCR test of not later than 72 hours. This can be asked by the officials at any time during the yatra.
- The RT-PCR test is not mandatory for people who have gotten both their vaccination doses.
- There is limited no. of E-Passes allotted for each day to visit the temple. So get your passes beforehand to avoid uncertainty.