Thousands of devotees flocked to Badrinath on the closing ceremony on 16th November 2016, this year. The devotees were present from all over India and abroad to witness this grandeur ceremony. The ceremony was initiated with vedic chant and the religious rituals done by the priests of the temple. The Badri temple remains open for almost 6 months during summer from May to November. The idol is shifted to Pandukeshwar during winters, where the pooja is carried out until the opening of the Badrinath temple again next year. There is a ritual of closing the portals along with the music of the local bands. Honourable chief minister of Uttrakhand Mr. Harish Rawat was also present during the ceremony.
Sri Badrinath Dham is situated on either banks of the Alaknanda. Standing like twin sentinels over the valley are the Nar and Narain mountains, and far in the distance soars the resplendent Nilkanth peak. Sri Badrinath Temple is in the lap of Narain Parvat on the right bank with Nilkanth in the background. Most of the living apartments in Badrinath are in the lap of Nar Parvat and in between flows the Alaknanda, touching the feet of Lord Badrinathji.
The opening day and time of the Badrinath temple is decided by the Chief Executive Officer of the Temple Committee and the former Maharaja of Tehri Garhwal in consultation with the pandits and astrologers. The consultation is held with a brief ceremony at Maharaja’s palace at Narendra Nagar, on the auspicious day of Basant Panchmi. A suitable day for the opening of Badrinath temple is normally found a few days after Akshshay Tritiya which normally falls during the last week of April or the first week of May.
The closing day of the Badrinath temple is decided by the Chief Executive Officer, the Rawal and the Dharmadhikari on the day of Vijaya Dashmi during the Dussehra festival. Normally the day of closing of Badrinath temple falls during the second or third week of November.
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