One such temple of Uttarakhand which opens only on Rakshabandhan

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There is such a temple in Uttarakhand that opens only on the day of Rakhi. This temple remains closed throughout the year and is open for only one day. This temple is located in a very inaccessible valley and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Situated at an altitude of 12 thousand feet, this temple is located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. Let us know about this temple in detail and also take a look at the mythological story here. 

Vanshinarayan Temple is located in Chamoli district

The temple of Vanshinarayan is situated near the Urgam valley of Chamoli district. To reach this temple, one has to walk about 12 kilometers from the Urgam valley. The temple is opened only on the day of Rakshabandhan. On this day the doors of the temple open and worship takes place here. Here on this day, unmarried girls tie rakhi to Lord Vanshinarayan and after that again tie protection on the wrists of their brothers. This temple is again closed for a year as soon as the sunset occurs on the day of Rakhi. Situated in the high Himalayan region, this temple is quite ancient. 

This temple is built in the Katyuri style.

This temple is built in the Katyuri style and there is a quadrilateral idol of the Lord in a ten feet high temple. Mythological belief is that Lord Vishnu first appeared here from Patal Lok. When Lord Vishnu sent King Bali to Hades to destroy his pride, then in the Vamana avatar, King Bali requested Lord Vishnu for his protection. 

In this way, Vishnu became the gatekeeper of Lord King Bali. Legend has it that Goddess Lakshmi tied a rakhi to King Bali to free Lord Vishnu from the gatekeeper in Hades. After that Lord Vishnu first appeared in this temple. There is another belief about this temple that here 364 days of the year Narad Muni worships Lord Vishnu. The local people worship here on the full moon day of Shravan month and the doors of the temple are opened.