Badrinath Dham: The doors of Badrinath Dham, one of the four Dhams, are closed today on Saturday after the ritual puja. The doors of Badrinath Dham, famous as Bhu Vaikuntha Dham, were closed for winter. The doors were closed ceremoniously at exactly 3:33 pm as per the tradition with shouts of Jai Badri Vishal and recitation of Vedic hymns. Thousands of devotees were present during this period. With this this year’s Chardham Yatra has been completed.
A five-day special puja took place before closing the doors.
Before closing the doors of Badrinath Dham, a five-day special prayer was performed. In the last phase of the last five days, on Friday, after offering Kadhai and worship, Goddess Lakshmi was invited to sit in the sanctum sanctorum. Rawal Ishwari Prasad Namboodiri performed special prayers at the Lakshmi temple located on the campus. On the occasion of closing of doors, Badrinath temple was grandly decorated with several quintals of flowers. Now in winter season, Lord Badri Vishal will be worshiped at Joshimath, the seat of Shankaracharya.
Rawal assumes the form of Parvati
While closing the doors of Badrinath Dham, Raval of the temple had taken the form of a woman. Here, according to Hindu religion, the tradition of not touching someone else’s woman is followed. It is up to the chief priest to lift the idol and hence Rawal ji has to enter the Lakshmi temple in the form of Lakshmi’s friend Parvati.
The doors are closed by covering them with a blanket.
Along with this, after enshrining Mata Lakshmi in the sanctum sanctorum of Lord Badri Vishal, the chief priest of the temple, Rawal, becomes emotional, hence she is brought out of the temple on reverse feet. During the closing of the doors, the doors are closed by covering them with ghee blankets made by the virgin girls of Mana village to worship Lord Badri Vishal. This blanket is made from cow’s ghee and raw cotton.
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