On the auspicious occasion of Basant Panchami, the dates for the portal opening of Badrinath Yatra 2018 and Rudranath Temple has been declared. Badrinath, which is an important destination of Chardham Yatra in Uttarakhand will be opened for pilgrim travel from April 30. On the other side, Rudranath, which is the fourth Panch Kedar and a significant Hindu pilgrimage site, will open from May 19. The date for Badrinath portal opening was declared by Maharaja Manujendra Sah of Narendranagar after the Ganesh Puja and other sacred rituals. The royal family’s priest, Acharya Krishna Prasad Uniyal determined the date of the opening of Badrinath Dham by looking at Maharaja Manujendra’s Kundli. The time suggested for the opening of the portals of this sacred most temple in the Himalayas is 4.30 AM. It has to be noted that Badrinath and other Chardham destinations are the backbone of revenue for Uttarakhand tourism.
On the other hand, the declaration of the portal opening of Rudranath, an important Lord Shiva temple, was made by Gopinath Temple’s priest, Dinesh Prasad Thapliyal after consulting the Panchang. According to the chief priest of Gopinath Temple, Harish Bhatt, after completing the rituals on 16th May 2018, the main deity of Rudranath will be kept in the premises of the temple for the pilgrims to pay homage. On 17th May, at 9 AM, the deity along with the pilgrim procession will head out for Rudranath via Sagar, Gangolgaon and Panar Bugyal. After a night halt in Panar Bugyal, on 18th May, the procession will reach Rudranath Temple and on 19th May, the door for the Hindu devotees will open at 7 AM.