Have you ever heard of the “Chardham Yatra”? It’s one of the most important Hindu pilgrimage circuit in the Indian Himalayas. The circuit, which is located in the Garhwal section of the state of Uttarakhand, consists of four sites – Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath. Each of these site possesses its own religious significance.
Hindus believe that undertaking this pilgrimage opens the gates for salvation by washing away all their sins. After the completion of the journey, the pilgrim achieves an absolute serenity of the mind. It is said that the Chardham Yatra 2020 should be undertaken in a clockwise direction. Hence, the Yatra is ideally started from Yamunotri towards Gangotri, and thereafter to Kedarnath, before finally concluding at Badrinath. However, undertaking the Chardham Yatra can also be quite arduous. Therefore, before setting off, be sure to follow these travel tips for Chardham Yatra.
Dates for the Chardham Yatra
So, when is the Chardham Yatra? Well, the dates are usually declared by the Chardham Temple Committee and Kedar-Badri Mandir Samiti before the holy day of Akshaya Tritiya. Akshaya Tritiya, also called Akha Teej, is a highly auspicious day for the Hindu community and is believed to bring good luck and prosperity to all.
This year, the dates for the Chardham Yatra 2020 are as follows:
Opening Dates Chardham Yatra
- Yamunotri Temple –7th May 2020
- Gangotri Temple –7th May 2020
- Kedarnath Temple – 9th May 2020
- Badrinath Temple – 10th May 2020
Closing Dates of Chardham Yatra
- Yamunotri Temple – It will close on Bhai Dooj on 27th October 2020
- Gangotri Temple – It will close on Diwali on 27th October 2020
- Kedarnath Temple – It will close on Bhai Dooj on 27th October 2020
- Badrinath Temple – It will close on Vijaya Dashami on 9th November 2020