The gates of Badrinath, Kedarnath and Gangotri-Yamnotri Dham will be closed after 4 p.m. on July 16 due to the lunar eclipse. As the gates of the temples are closed, the gates of Charno Dham will also be closed, which will open in the morning on 17th July.
The lunar eclipse is from 1.31 p.m. to 4.31 p.m. on July 17. Aarti, who is scheduled to be held at 8.30 p.m. on the night of Lord Badrinath nine hours before the eclipse due to the Sutak, will be in place before the gates of the Dham are closed at 4.25 p.m.
In this regard, Dham Dharmadhikari Bhuvan Chandra Uniyal said that all the worships of Badrinath will be completed before the installation of the Sutak. On July 17, at 6 p.m., the Abhishek Puja of the Lord will be performed after cleaning the Badrinath temple. On the other hand, Yamunotri Temple Committee Secretary Kriteshwar Uniyal said that due to the lunar eclipse, the gates of the Yamunotri temple will be closed at 4.37 p.m. on July 16, which will be reopened at 5 am the next day.
On the other hand, Gangotri Temple Committee Chairman Suresh Semwal said that the lunar eclipse is taking place on July 16. The gates of the temple will open at 4 am on this day as usual. The gates of the temple will be closed at 4.10 p.m. after offering Aarti at 3.45 pm and Bhoga at 4.00 pm. The temple gates will be opened the next day at 5 am on 17th July.
Other temples in the district will also remain closed during the lunar eclipse period to offer darshan and puja. On the other hand, the gates of Kedarnath Dham will be closed at 4 pm due to the eclipse on July 16.