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Char Dham Yatra – opening and closing dates of Chardham Yatra temples in Uttarakhand

In Hinduism, Char Dham Yatra in Himalayas comprises of pilgrimage to BadrinathTemple, KedarnathTemple, Gangotri and Yamunotri in Uttarakhand, India. These are some of the most important temples in Hindu religion remains closed (October to April) for major part of the year due to harsh winter and heavy snowfall. In 2011, the Char Dham Yatra begins on May 6. The date of opening of YamunotriTemple and Gangotri Shrine is May 6, 2011. KedarnathTemple will open on May 8, 2011 and Badrinath Shrine will open on May 9, 2011. During the Chardham Yatra period, Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN) conducts spiritual tour. Online reservation facility is also available. Helicopter Services are also available from Agastyamuni to Kedarnath and Badrinath. Closing Dates in Char Dham Yatra 2011 Gangotri Temple will close on October 26, 2011 – on the Diwali day

Yamunotri Shrine will close also close on the Diwali day.

Badrinath Temple will close 10 day after Deepavali.

KedarnathShrine will close the day after Diwa…

Rang Panchami – Rangpanchami

Ranga Panchami, or Rangpanchami, is colorfully celebrated on the fifth day after full moon in the month of Phalguna or Falgun. In 2018, the date of Rang Panchami is March 6. People play with colors on Rang Panchami day and it is observed five days after the popular Holi festival. Rangpanchami is more popular in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and in some parts of North India.

Rang means color and Panchami means the fifth day during a lunar fortnight.

The festival of Rangpanchami is also associated with Holi festival but is not very popular as it is more of a traditional festival and is limited to Maharashtra. Some people confuse Rang Panchami with the Holi festival that is celebrated with colors the day after the lighting of fires on the Phalgun Purnima day.

The Rangpanchami festival is more closely associated with rural Marathi culture.

Holika Dahan in 2009 – Burning or Lighting of Fire during Holi

Holika Dahan, burning of woods or lighting of fire, is one of the most important ceremony during Holi festival. It symbolically represents the victory of good over evil. On the night before Dhulhandi, people light fire with old wood, sticks, branches and leaves. In 2009, the date of Holika Dahan is March 10.In most regions, Holik Dahan is associated with Demon Holika attempting to kill young Prahlad and in that attempt gets herself killed. Young Prahlad is saved by the grace of Lord Vishnu. In some regions, people believe that Prahlad was saved by Lord Agni.The day is observed as Hutashani Purnima in some regions. You can find more details about Holika Dahan and the legend associated with it in this article.

Mundaka Upanishad Teachings

The Self is not attained through discourses nor through memorizing scriptural texts, nor through much learning. It is gained only by him who wishes to attain it with his whole heart. To such a one, the Self reveals Its true nature. (Chapter III, Section II:3)Engrossed in the ways of the ignorant, these people (those who rely on the greatness of rituals and meritorious acts) childishly think that they have gained the end of life. But being subject to passions and attachments, they never attain knowledge, and therefore, they fall down wretched, when the fruits of their good deeds are exhausted. (Chapter I, Section II:9)These ignorant men, who regard sacrificial and charitable acts as most important, do not know any other way to bliss. Having enjoyed in the heights of heave, the abode of pleasures, they again enter this world or even inferior worlds. (Chapter I, Section II:10)Mundaka Upanishad