As per the tradition decided by Lord Brahma the temple would be open for six months i.e from hindu calender month Vaishaka to Karthik for darshan to common people. For the remaining six months i.e from Margashsish to Chaitra the temple would be closed for darshan for common people as it is Devas turn for Lord's darshan.
Date of reopening 28th april 2004 & closing in the month of November 2004.
As per the established Hindu rituals the pujas have to be conducted without a break and therefore the Utsavars (the Bronze images of Lord) are taken with all reverence to Pandukeshwar - Abode of Lord Badrinarayan during winter. On the day of re-opening of the main shrine at Badrinath. These images are taken back for puja and darshan.
Though this shrine is located in the northern most part of India, the Chief Priest Ravalji-of Keralite (Namboodri) origins - performs the rituals. Procedures of daily pujas and rituals are supposed to have been prescribed by Adi Sankara. Unlike most of the Hindu temples all the pujas (including decoration of idols) are performed in the presence of all the devotees.
Temple rituals begin at 7 a.m.
Nimalyan Darshan: Chandan (sandalwood paste) left on the image of Badrinarayan from the previous night, is removed to enable devotees to have full view of the image.
Abhishek Darshan: Process begins with Kalsa Puja. Abishekam (ablution) is then carried out in the presence of pilgrims.
Alankar Darshan: After abhishekam, the decoration process begins in the full view of devotees. Firstly, the entire idol, excluding the face, is covered with sandal paste and followed by the decoration with flowers & jewels.
Aarti Darshan: On completion of alankars, aarti (lighting of camphor) is held. This marks the completion of forenoon puja rituals and will end around 11.30 am - 12.00 p.m., after which the temple is closed.
Re-opening of the temple takes place at 4.00 p.m. for commencement of evening rituals which lasts till 8.00 p.m. During this period, Ashotothram and Sahasranamam recitations take place. Around 7.30 p.m. Mangal aarti - called as Geetgovind takes place. On completion of aarti, the Chief Priest removes the flowers & jewels in the full view of devotees. The image of Badrinarayan is now left only with sandal paste, to be removed only the next morning and distributed as prasad.