Chardham Yatra 2017 comprises of pilgrimage to Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri in Uttarakhand, India – the Char Dhams. Chardham Yatra 2017 opening date is April 28, on Akshaya Tritiya day – Gangotri and Yamunotri temples opens on April 28. Badrinath Temple a few days after on May 6, 2017, and Kedarnath Shrine on May 3, 2017. The closing dates of Chardham Yatra are during the Diwali period – October 19, 2017. These important shrines in Hinduism remain closed for major part of the year due to snowfall (October to April). The temples usually open in the month of April for a six-month period.
Gangotri, located at an altitude of 3200 meters, Yamunotri, at an altitude of 4421 meters, Badrinath, at an altitude of 3135 meters, and Kedarnath, at an altitude of 3580 meters, attract more than 2 million visitors every year from India and around the world.
Why is Chardham Yatra 2017 Important in Hinduism?
Chardham Yatra is considered important in Hinduism because the pilgrim who undertakes the pilgrimage is purified after death and is never reborn (Skanda Purana 2.11 - 20). Pandavas of the Mahabharata is believed to worshiped in the Chardham.
It must be noted here that the visit to four important temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu is also known as Char Dham Yatra and this involves visiting the shrines at Puri, Dwarka, Rameshwaram and Badrinath.
Char Dham Gangotri Yamunotri Badrinath Kedarnath
During the Chardham Yatra period, Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN) conducts a holy trip to the important shrines in the Chardham region. Online reservation facility is also available. Helicopter Services are also available from Agastyamuni to Kedarnath and Badrinath.