A Guide to Char Dham Yatra in Uttarakhand

Indian is a land of religion with people worshipping on a daily basis. There are many special places which have prominence among the Hindu religion. And Char Dham Yatra is one of the most sacred among the Hindus with each one of the pilgrimages having a deep connection among the specific God and Goddess. These fours places are Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. Adi Shankaracharya one of the foremost Indian Philosopher who established prevailing Hindu religion thoughts and praying methodologies, is the one credited for setting up these Char Dham Yatra.

A Guide to Char Dham Yatra in Uttarakhand

Char dham Yatra

Timing:

Akha Teej or Akha trij in the month of May marks the beginning of this pilgrimage and ends at 2 days after the festival Diwali i.e, the day of the Bhaiya Dooj festival. Starting from May and ends in November this Char Dham Yatra is taken by millions of devotees every year. But as the winter approaches these places are under snow for the next 6 months and completely inaccessible. In July and August Monsoon arrives with heavy rainfall along with a lot of roadblocks. May to July and September to October are the most appropriate time for travelling for this auspicious places of Hindu tradition.

Yamunotri

Westernmost and the first shrine is the Source of the sacred river Yamuna i.e, Yamunotri, at an altitude of 3,293m in the Garhwal Himalayas. The actual source of the river Yamuna is a frozen lake of ice and glacier on the Kalind mountain at 4421m which is 1 KM above and not accessible due to the terrain. A shrine at the foot of the hill built by Maharana Pratap of Tehri Garhwal made up of black marble. Hindu people pray this Yamuna river as one of their divine mother nurturing them with life-giving water, agricultural land and civilisation to boost life ahead.

Along with the main temple, thermal springs at Janki Chatti 7Km away is the main attraction. These hot water springs ooze out from mountains with many kunds forming where devotees offer their prayers. Surya Kund with nearby Divya Shila is the first place where devotees go. Rice and potatoes are put together in a muslin cloth, dipped in hot water springs and cooked to be taken home at Prasad. The Yamuna is one of the longest rivers in the country which starts from Uttarakhand and passes through Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh to merge with Ganga at Triveni Sangam at Prayagraj(Allahabad).

Gangotri

After the first trip to Yamunotri, travellers head across to Gangotri the place from where the most sacred river Ganga starts. It goes by the name of Bhagirathi in the beginning. On the banks of the river, Bhagirathi is the Gangotri temple which was built by Amar Singh Thapa a Nepalese descent general. Gaumukh is the real origin of the river emerging from the Gangotri Glacier with a 19KM trek from the Gangotri. Bhagirathi, after Devprayag where it meets the other major tributary Alaknanda becomes the Ganga, flowing through the heart of the country through Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and merging into Sea.

Bhagirathi Sila the holy rock where the King Bhagirath offered his prayer to Lord Shiva who then released the might river from his hair lock is nearby and visited most often along with Gangotri temple. Pandava Gufa nearly 1.5 Km from the temple is another religious place with a history as the cave where Pandavas meditated Enroute to Kailash temple.

Kedarnath

Literally meaning as the ‘Lord of the field’ is third on the list attributed especially to Lord Shiva devotees. Most remote, flanked by snow-capped peaks, and nearby Chorabari Glacier Kedarnath is located in the Himalayas in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. The main attraction the Kedarnath temple opens at Akshaya Tritiya in April and Closes at Kartik Purnima in November with snow covered for the rest of six months in Winter. One needs to do an uphill trek of 22Km from Gaurikund to reach the Kedarnath town with local rides of ponies available. Kedarnath temple is part of the 12 temples of Jyotirling dedicated to Lord Shiva and is among the highest of all. Situated on the shores on the Mandakini river has stone edifice in its compound with historical facts showing Pandavas building this temple for offering their prayer after the Mahabharata war. A lingam of 12ft in circumference in irregular shape dedicated to Lord Shiva along with statues of Lord Krishna, Nandi, Pandava Brothers and Virabhadra are found in its premises.

Badrinath

Badrinath is the last place for Charm Dham Pilgrimage with a temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu and its followers are known as Vaishnavites who come to seek prayers from the divine god. Located in the Chamoli district, at the shores of Alaknanda river and is among one of the most visited religious places in India. The presiding deity is a black stone statue in the form of Badrinarayan which 1m tall and is considered as self-manifested among the Hindu people. Inside of the Badrinath temple has three prominent structures with Garbhagriha, Darshan Mandap as the worship area, and Sabha Mandap as a convention hall. Intricate carvings, gold gilt roof, arched windows, and built with stone. An idol of Lord is holding a Shankh and Chakra in Yoga position, along with images of God wealth Kubera, Uddhava, Sage Narada, Nar and Narayana. Mata Murti Ka Mela is one of the popular festival held in Badrinath for the descent of pious river Ganga on Mother earth.

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