Chardham Temples admin 26 Oct, 2018

The Portals of Famous Chota Char Dham will be Closed Soon: Dates Announced for 2018

On the pious occasion of Vijayadashami (Dusshera) on Friday, the 2018 closing dates of the Char Dham Shrines have been disclosed by the priest Harsh Jamloki and Satya Prasad Semwal. The 2018 closing dates for Tungnath and Madhyamaheshwar are also disclosed.

An Insight to Char Dham

Kedarnath Temple
With Yamunotri, Gangotri, Badrinath, and Kedarnath make one of the most revered pilgrimages of Hindu religion – Chota Char Dham. The sacred travel route of Chota Char Dham, which is also known as the Chardham Yatra, boasts an entirely different religious significance in the hearts of the devotees. As per the official sources, till now in 2018, more than 16 lakh pilgrims have visited the temples of Kedarnath and Badrinath.

Since the temples are located at high altitudes, therefore, in the winter season, the heavy snowfall makes routes to the temples inaccessible. Such unfavourable weather condition makes Char Dham Temple to close for the whole winter season due to safety reasons of the pilgrims.

2018 Closing Dates of Char Dham Temples

Chardham Pilgrimages
Opened in the month of April, the dates for the closure of Chota Char Dham temple has been divulged for the pilgrims. As per the announced dates, each of the temples will be closing on different dates and also at different timings. The temples will remain closed for the whole winter season, (for about six months) and will reopen in April 2019.

  • The temple which will be closing first is Gangotri; the closing date and timing for which is 8th November at 12:30 PM.
  • Followed by this, on the auspicious day of Bhai Dooj which is on 9th November, both Kedarnath and Yamunotri Temples will bid adieu to pilgrims at 8:30 AM and 3:15 PM, respectively.
  • Badrinath temple will be the last temple of Chota Char Dham that will close on 20th November at 3:21 PM.

2018 Closing Dates of Tungnath and Madhyamaheshwar

Tungnath Temple

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Like Char Dham, the 2018 closing dates of Tungnath and Madhyamaheshwar are also officially declared on the same day. Tungnath temple will be closed on 29th October at 10:15 AM, while the closing of Madhyamaheshwar Temple will be marked on 20 November at 8:30 AM. However, the holy portals of Rudranath temple have already been closed on 17th October and the idol of the deity has also been transferred to Gopinath Temple in Gopeshwar.

For the next 6 months, the idol of Madhyamaheshwar is worshipped at Omkareshwar Temple in Ukhimath, whereas, the deity of Tungnath temple will be transferred to their winter abode in Makkumath.

Chota Char Dham Yatra in Winter

Chardham Mandirs

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Despite the fact that Chota Char Dham remains inaccessible for pilgrims for the whole winter season every year, one can still perform a pilgrimage to the temples. After the closing of all the four holy abodes, the deities are shifted to other locations where they are worshipped for the next six months until the temples reopen. This allows pilgrims to plan a Char Dham tour in winters also. Omkareshwar Temple in Ukhimath serves as the winter seat of Kedarnath. Similarly, Badrinath and Gangotri find their places for the rest of the winter season in Vasudev Temple of Joshimath and Mukhimath Temple of Mukba, respectively. Whereas, the Shani Dev Temple in Kharsali remains the winter home of Yamunotri.