Char Dham Yatra 2020

Gaadu Ghada Tel Kalash Yatra Starts from Today

Womens doing preparation of Gaadu Ghada Tel Kalash yatra

Womens doing preparation of Gaadu Ghada Tel Kalash yatra

The process of opening Badrinath shrine is started with the extraction of sesame oil for Gaadu Ghada yatra. A puja Archana takes place at royal residence Narendranagar Palace for Ghoda Ghada yatra. The tradition to get sesame oil for Badrinath shrine was concluded on 24th April (Wednesday) at Royal Residence Narendranagar New Tehri Narandnagar.  Local Married Women’s, under the leadership of the Royal family and Tehri MP Mala Rajyalakshmi Shah, completed traditional rituals of sesame seeds. On Wednesday, the Gadu Ghad Yatra reached Rishikesh. From here on Thursday, the trip will depart for Badrinath Dham.

What is Gaadu Ghada Yatra (गाडू घड़ा यात्रा)?

Under the leadership of Mala Rajyalakshmi Shah in the Royal Residence located in Narendranagar, sesame oil was extracted traditionally from traditional crusher and hand. To maintain this tradition, sesame oil is extracted by the married women’s of Royal Family and Dimri Family. According to this old tradition, the oil extracted from Sesame seeds are used in coating the statue of Lord Badrinath and also used to Lit Akhand Jyoti in Badrinath Temple.  This tradition is considered to be the beginning of the process of opening the Doors of Badrinath Dham. After extracting the oil, it is inserted into a pitcher (घड़ा) called Gaadu Ghara (गाडू घड़ा). After this, the pitcher or oil reaches Badrinath Dham via Rishikesh and through major cities of Garhwal. This is known as Gaadu Ghada Yatra (गाडू घड़ा यात्रा) or Tel Kalash Yatra (तेल कलश यात्रा).

Route of Gaadu Ghada Yatra

On Wednesday afternoon, the Gaadu Ghada Yatra, which started from Royal Residence located in Narendranagar, reached the temple of Badrinath-Kedarnath Committee in Rishikesh. Temple Committee Media Incharge Dr. Harish Gaur said that on 25th April, the Gaadu Ghada Yatra will depart from Rishikesh to Srinagar Garhwal. At night, Gaadu Ghada Yatra will take rest in Dalmia Dharamshala of Temple Committee. On April 26, after the Morning Prayer and distribution of Prasad, the Gaadu Ghada Yatra will reach Sri Laxmi Narayan Temple at Dimmar from Srinagar via Srikot, Dhari Devi, Rudraprayag, Nagarasu, Gauchar, and Karnprayag. The Gaadu Ghada Yatra will reach Badrinath on May 9 from Pandukeshwar. According to traditional customs on 10th May, the Doors of Badrinath Dham will be opened.

Chardham Yatra 2019: Opening & Closing Dates

Chardham Opening Date Closing Date (Tentative)
Kedarnath 09 May 2019 at 05:35 am 29 Oct 2019
Badrinath 10 May 2019 at 04:15 am 09 Nov 2019
Gangotri 07 May 2019 at  11:30 am 28 Oct 2019
Yamunotri 07 May 2019 at 01:15 am 29 Oct 2019

Published Date: April 25, 2019

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