A golden opportunity has arrived for all those who want to purify themselves by paying a visit to the Badrinath Dham. The information has blazed that the pious portals of Badrinath will reopen for the pilgrims on 5th May 2014. This shrine is going to be opened after a gap of five month break because of the winters.
As per the statement given by Ganesh Godiyal, the CEO of Badri Kedar Temple Committee, the doorways to this sacrosanct Dham will be opened on 5th May, at 4:05 AM.
Ganesh Godiyal further added that on the day of Basant Panchami, Pandit Acharya Krishna Prasad Uniyal announced the auspicious time to reopen the gates of this Himalayan Dham, at the pristine location of the Tehri Royals situated at Narendranagar. The scion of the royal family, officials of Badri Kedar temple committee, Mala Rajya Laxmi Shah (a local MP from BJP), and others, were present at the time of the announcement.
Due to the natural calamity that strike Uttarakhand in the month of June last year, the route was closed for a three month duration. The continuation of the solemn tour to Badrinath was restarted after three month gap amid the complex rituals. The temple was then closed for the winter break, on Nov 18th 2013.
The sacred temple of Badrinath is devoted to Lord Vishnu and is positioned at along the banks of river Alaknanda at an elevation of more than 10000 feet. This shrine is closed every year throughout winters when the area turns out to be snowbound and unapproachable.
Embraced among Nar-Narayan Mountain ranges in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, Badrinath is among the most spiritual shrines of Hindu Pilgrimages. It is a significant pilgrimage center among Char Dham shrines in Uttarakhand. Often called as Chota Char dham, Badrinath is an ideal place for a religious trip. It is not just temples that badrinath tenders. It proffers the enchanting beauty of the snow covered mountain peaks and charming scenes of the Garhwal Region. Gifted with sacred ponds, water bodies, picture book landscapes and undulating peaks, it makes the devotees mesmerized with its matchless exquisiteness. Badrinath is famed for the sacred temple of Lord Badri, this revered home of Lord Vishnu is visited by many a tourist for its effervescent spirituality and gorgeousness.
While on a trip to Badrinath, visitors can pay a visit to some of the most famous attractions which are mentioned below:
Devoted to Lord Vishnu, Badrinath is one of the sacred shrines in the country. It is also hailed as Badrinarayan Shrine and is deemed to have been erected by Adi Shankaracharya, the great philosopher. It was damaged by a deluge and the present shrine is said to have been constructed in the 17th century by Garhwal Kings.
Just 3 miles from the beautiful town of Badrinath, Vasudhara Falls entice the visitors from all over the globe. It is surrounded by lofty mountain peaks and waterfall. Moreover, the falls holds an interesting myth with it. It is believed that the cascade turns away from those travelers who are uncontaminated and pure. Although a challenging place to reach, the cascade pulls the visitors with its exciting appeal and charm.
Placed in the spiritual town of Badrinath in the charming state of Uttarakhand, Narad Kund is the most renowned thermal springs and draw tourists and pilgrims from different parts of the world. The pilgrims take a sacred dip in the water before going for a Darshan. The breathtaking exquisiteness surrounds the Kund make it a most popular place in Badrinath.
A thermal spring that has therapeutic characteristics, Tapt Kund is the most visited tourist attraction in the holy town of Badrinath. The pond water makes every tourist fascinated with its refreshing gush. A dip in the hot spring renders an invigorating energy to the visitors who take a tedious climb.
The attractions do not end here, there is a long list that visitors can explore on a journey to badrinath encompassing sheshnetra, Bheem Pul, Mana Village, Byas & Ganesh Gufa, Neelkanth, Charanpaduka, Brahma Kapal and many more.
The yatra is of a great religious importance for the devotees because all the pains and sorrows are vanished just paying homage into the feet of the Lord. In order to double their spiritual experience, the pilgrims can also embark on the sacred Nanda Devi Raj Jat Yatra that is taking place this year. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the people to seek the blessings of the almighty, purify their sins and achieve significant success in life. Do not miss this opportunity, otherwise you will have to wait for another 12 years.
Raj Jat Yatra is a festival renowned throughout the globe. This sacred Yatra is held in Uttarakhand. It is a unique trip that comprises emotional, spiritual, inquisitive and touristic morals. This celebrated trip is also named as Himalayan Kumbh Mela. The Yatra is being organized for a long time and is held once in 12 years. This holy Yatra was supposed to be held in 2012, but was postponed to 2013 and then postponed again for 2014 because of the devastating flood that hit Uttarakhand.
The Raj Jaat Yatra to Nanda Devi will begin from 18th August 2014 onwards. On 3rd September, the Chausinga Khadu (Four Horn Ram) will be taken away to the Himalaya and the Chantoli(decorated Bamboo Sticks umbrella) will be immersed in Homekund. On the same day, the Raj Jat Yatra will return towards Nauti Village. On 7th September, the Raj Jaat Yatra will get completed with a ‘Yagya‘ and ‘Prasad‘ distribution, in Nauti Village near Karnprayag. Dr. Rakesh Kunwar, the executive president of Raj Jaat Samiti, announced the details of the Yatra. This announcement was made in the Nauti Nanda Temple on the pious day of Basant Panchami. Acharya Vijay Ram Dimri, Madan Prasad Maithani, Deepak Nautiyal, and Vasudev Maithani discharged the traditions of religious rituals, in the Nauti Nanda Temple on 4th Feb 2014.
The Panchaang Pooja was done by the executive president of the Yatra Committee, Dr. Kunwar. The ritual was started at 10:45 AM and the detailed program was announced at 11:43, after the Vedic chants and Nanda Aarti. On this occasion, the general secretary of Raj Jat Samiti Bhuvan Nautiyal, president of Mandir Samiti Dayanand Nautiyal, Subhash Gairola, Gabar Singh Rawat, SS Rawat, etc., were also present.
This Raj Jat Yatra will also become an emblem of glory and fame. According to Pandit Ansuya Prasad Kothiyal, this year is lucky for the Yatra as it is blessed by all the nine planets. The Yatra is going to begin in Libran Adnate, which is the symbol of beauty. He further added that this historical trip will be extremely fruitful to the traders, people in the music field, students and childless couples.
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