The holy Yamunotri Dham is known for being one of the most highly revered Chota Chardham Yatra sites along with Kedarnath, Badrinath and Gangotri. This seat of Goddess Yamuna is situated at a whopping elevation of 10,804 feet above sea level. This sacred shrine is also the westernmost shrine of the Garhwal Himalayan range. The source of this holy river is a frozen lake of ice and the Champasar Glacier which is located on the Kalind Mountain. The main river source is inapproachable therefore the temple is located situated on the foothills of the mountain.
The main Yamunotri temple is situated majestically on the left bank of the gushing river water and was constructed by Maharaja Pratap singh of Tehri Garhwal. The presiding deity is made up of black marble and is visited by numerous devotees during the on season for Chota Chardham yatra. It is also believed that Sage Asit Muni had his quaint hermitage here and all his life he used to take a dip in both Ganga and Yamuna rivers. During the old age when the sage was unable to do so, a Yamuna river stream appeared opposite the Ganga stream especially for him. This divine intervention makes this place extremely sacred.
[Yamunotri Dham was opened for darshan on 18th April 2018. the closing date of the Dham has been announced on 20th October 2018.]
Opening Dates of Yamunotri Dham:
The Kapat of the temples opens up during the religious day of Akshaya Tritiya which generally falls during the last week of April of the first week of May. This year the Kapat of the temple opened on 18th April 2018 early in the morning when the Doli had reached from its winter abode in Kharsali to the main temple shrine. Traditionally the temple closes during the religious time of Bhai Dooj which falls 2 days after Diwali during the month of either late October or early November. When the winter season commences, the kapat is closed and the temple shuts down for service. The presiding deity is then transferred to Kharsali with great pomp and show which serves as the place of worship for devotees and pilgrims who want to offer their prayer to the Lord.
The closing dates may vary each year depending on the Diwali date, this year the tentative date of closing for Yamunotri dham is on 9th November 2018. During the peak winter season the entire region of Yamunotri gets engulfed in stark white snow which makes accessibility impossible. However if adventure seekers and outdoor sports enthusiasts are looking to go on a high altitude trekking expedition then a visit to Yamunotri Dham is highly suggested. If you want to have a complete and wholesome spiritual experience then it is advised for you to go in a clockwise direction i.e. from east to west, making the yatra commence from Yamunotri then going towards Gangotri and finally ending the yatra at Badrinath via Kedarnath.
We hope that this informative guide to Yamunotri Dham was helpful in planning of your spiritual journey towards the lord.
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