darsan of the Lord Badarinath is made available only during fixed hours in the
season. The morning pujas, like Abhishek, Mahabhishek, Gitapat and Bhagavatpat
are offered with chanting of Vedic hymns, accompanied by chiming of bells.
Elaborate rituals are observed during the evening pujas; and Gitgovind and Arati
consume a lot of time. The rituals are many and they are characteristic of the
North Indian style. Though they differ from the south Indian type, the piety and
ardour that break through them reveal the glory of the Lord and the sincerity of
the adorer. The temple is opened for worship for six months a year, and the Lord
is worshipped at Joshimath in the winter season. The opening and closing dates
are fixed by the Chief Executive Officer of the Temple Committee in consultation
with Rawal and astrologers. Normally, during the first week of April, it is
opened with special puja called Akhand Jyoti Darsan, and likewise many
ceremonies will be observed on the closing day. Generally it falls in the month
of November. The temple staff then reside in Joshimath and carry on the rituals
with promptitude due to them.