Dehradun, Chardham Yatra is going to start from April 22. The cupboards of Badrinath Dham will be ceremonially opened from April 27. The opening date of Badrinath Dham was announced in a religious ceremony organized at Rajmahal Narendra Nagar.
So April 12 has been fixed for Gadu Ghada (Oil Pot) Yatra. Importantly, when the crisis is going on in Jaeshimath, questions are being asked whether the government will build a bypass between the cracks on the bridge and the highway, or the pilgrimage will take place from Jaeshimath itself.
The cupboards of Badrinath Dham will be opened on April 27 at 7.10 am with chanting and traditions. In Rajdarbar Narendra Nagar, on the auspicious occasion of Vasant Panchami, the date for the opening of the cupboard was fixed after counting Panchag in a religious ceremony.
Sri Badri-Kedar Committee, office bearers of Dimri Religious Central Panchayat and a large number of devotees were present on the occasion including Tehri Rajparivaar. For Shri Badrinath Dham Gadu Ghada Yatra (Oil Kalash) oil is offered to Lord Badri Vishal at Rajmahal in Narendranagar. Sesame oil is applied in the palace itself by the queen and the brides. After this oil is extracted and kept in the Kalash and after that the Kalash Yatra is performed on the fixed date.
Lord Badrinath is anointed with that oil on the opening day of Badrinath Dham. According to tradition, only the Tehri royal family arranges the sesame oil for abishek.
According to this tradition, married women and royal women grind sesame seeds to extract oil. The oil is then strained through a yellow cloth and heated over a fire in a special vessel to be kept in the palace. So that some of the remaining water is extracted from it. Mantras are regularly chanted during this process.
After cooling the oil in the late evening, it is kept in a special silver urn. No one can touch this Kalash except the Rawal of Dimri Panchayat and Badrinath Dham. Badrinarayan is anointed with this oil in this Badrinath Dham every day during Brahma Muhurta for six months.
It is believed that the King of Tihri is considered to be an incarnation of Lord Badri Vishal. The auspicious time to open the doors of Badrinath Dham is decided by the royal priests after reading their horoscope. With this, the process of opening the cupboards of Badrinath Dham begins.SS1MS