Char Dham Yatra


The booking of Char Dham Yatra 2018 has already been started and here at the things, you must be remembering. The Chardham Yatra must be visited from left to right – beginning with Yamunotri, going on to Gangotri, then Kedarnath and culminating the journey at Badrinath. This route follows the Hindu tradition of parikrama.

The pilgrimage sites of Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath in Uttarakhand were known as Chota Char Dham to differentiate them from the bigger circuit of CharDham sites, but after the mid-20th century, they have been also referred to as the Chardham.

Char Dham Yatra is one of the most popular pilgrimage routes, with millions of devotees paying a visit to all these religious places in aspiration of eliminating all sins and to attain salvation by the blessings of the Lord.

Every year more than 250,000 pilgrims visit Char Dham from various parts of India. All four sites can be covered in one stretch in 10-­11 days. Nowadays, one can also get helicopter services to visit CharDham sites in just 3days.

The different form of Chardham Yatras :

 

Here are the Images of Famous Char Dham Yatra temple:

Char Dham Yatra Map:

Char Dham Yatra Map

The Yatra is performed Left to Right.

Yamunotri – Gangotri – Kedarnath – Badrinath.

Yamunotri:

Yamunotri is one of the four sites of Char Dham pilgrimage situated in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. Yamunotri is the source of River Yamuna and is regarded as the seat of Goddess Yamuna.

The chief attraction at Yamunotri is the temple devoted to the Goddess Yamuna. It is surrounded by mountains on all sides.  Yamunotri Temple can be reached by 5 km trek from Janki Chatti which is the nearest road point.

Places to Visit Nearby:

Janki Chatti, Kharsali, Saptarishi Kund, Barkot and Hanuman Chatti are the other attractions in Yamunotri. Yamunotri also has famous trekking routes, such as Hanuman Chatti – Yamunotri route, Dodi Tal and Janki Chatti.

Temple opening timing & Month to visit:

The temple opens every year on the auspicious day of the Akshaya Tritiya, which generally falls during the last week of April, or early May. The temple closes on the sacred day of Diwali in October / November. Kharsali is the winter home to the idol of goddess Yamuna. The best time to visit Yamunotri is from May to June and September to October.

Gangotri:

River Ganges is the origin of Gangotri. As per legends, Goddess Ganges took the form of a river in order to absolve the sins of King Bhagiratha’s ancestors.

Lord Shiva received River Ganges in his thick hair locks, to reduce the impact of her fierce flow. The present Ganga Temple at Gangotri was built by a Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa in the early 18th century.

Places to Visit Nearby:

Near the temple is located a sacred stone where King Bhagiratha is said to have worshipped Lord Shiva.Surya Kund, Pandava Gufa, Bhaironghati, and Gaumukh are the other religious attractions in Gangotri.

Gangotri town is the starting point of the Gaumukh, Tapovan, Nandanvan, Vasuki Talend Gangotri-Kedartal trekking.

Temple opening timing & Month to visit:

Gangotri temple is opened in May and gets closed on the occasion of Diwali festival in Oct / Nov. Gangotri temple remains closed during winters as the region is prone to heavy snowfall.

The idol is shifted to Mukhyamath Temple in Mukhba village, 20 km downstream.

Kedarnath:

Kedarnath is a popular destination for Hindu pilgrims. The famous Kedarnath temple is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. The 14 km trek is now of 21 km which starts from Sonprayag.

A general health check-up is done to ensure the safety of the tourists before allowing them to go further after registration.

From here a trek of 7 km takes place up to Bhim Bali, while the next halt is at Linchauli at another 7 km. The last halt is the Kedarnath temple after a trek of another 7 km.

The original route from Gaurikund runs through Rambara (7 km) – Linchauli (4 km) – Kedarnath (3 km).

Places to Visit Nearby:

Bhairavnath temple, Chorabari Tal, Shankaracharya Samadhi, Vasuki Tal, Deoria Tal, and Ukhimath are some other religious places near Kedarnath.

Temple opening timing & Month to visit:

The extreme weather condition of Kedarnath prompts the temple to be open only for 6 months from the end of April to the beginning of November.

The town receives heavy snowfall during the winter months which makes it uninhabitable. The residents of Kedarnath shift to villages lying at lower altitudes during the winter months while Lord Kedarnath’s Palki is transferred to Ukhimath.

Badrinath:

According to the epic Mahabharata, Badrinath is the site where Nara and Narayana, the dual forms of Vishnu, did meditation. It is also believed that the Pandavas passed through Badrinath on their way to heaven.

Legend has it that Sage Vyasa authored Mahabharata at a cave in Mana, which is about 4 km from Badrinath.Badrinath is famous for its Badrinath Temple that houses Lord Badrinarayan, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

The present temple is believed to have been established by saint-philosopher Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century. Adi Shankara discovered a Saligram idol of Lord Badrinarayan in the riverbed of Alaknanda.

He installed this idol in a cave nearby Tapt Kund. It was later shifted to the present temple by the King of Garhwal in the 16th century.

Places to Visit Nearby:

Badrinath is also famous for Panch Badri temples, which are Yog Dhyan Badri, Bhavishtya Badri, Adi Badri and Vriddha Badri, along with Badrinath temple.

Some of the other attraction of Badrinath includes Tapt Kund, Brahma Kapal, Sheshanetra, Vasudhara Falls, Charan Paduka, Satopanth Lake, Neelkanth and Mana Village.

Karnaprayag, Nandaprayag, Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Vishnuprayag, and Pandukeswar are among the other pilgrimage sites on the route to Badrinath.

Temple opening timing & Month to visit:

The best time to visit Badrinath is from May to June and again from September to October. The monsoon months must be avoided as the region is prone to landslides.

Tourists are advised not to visit during winters as the region receives heavy snowfall and harsh cold conditions. The Badrinath temple is closed from November to April.

 

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