India, the land of Gods and Goddess, hymns and chants, miracles and curses, brims with religious abundance and mystic beliefs thoroughly. Quite naturally, the land teems with the holy abode of these Gods and clusters of pilgrimage sites. Among them, the most popular pilgrimage sites are located from west to east in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand namely, Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath. These pilgrimage sites are collectively called Char Dhams and the journey to these four holy abodes is referred to as the Chardham Yatra.
Why should you visit Char Dham?
It is said that the only way to attain moksha for humans is by attempting a Chardham Yatra. Hindus worldwide have been embarking on this yatra for centuries to wash off the sins and find a path to enlightenment. It is believed that those who can attempt and complete this yatra with a holy heart, can break free from the cycle of birth and death and attain heaven in their afterlife.
When should you book your Chardham yatra?
Millions of pilgrims embark on the Chardham Yatra during the months of April to May and from the months of October to November when the weather remains pleasant and the surroundings remain dry. It is better to avoid the monsoons and winter months because there are chances of landslides in the monsoons and the roads remain blocked with snow during the winters.
Heading to the Char Dhams? You need to know this about them!
Each of the Char Dhams is known for its own religious and mythological significance among the mass. Yamunotri marks the origin of the sacred Yamuna River and thus the remarkable black stone idol of Goddess Yamuna is worshipped. The two natural thermal springs, Surya Kund and Gauri Kund, which sources boiling hot water are spectacular too.
Next stop Gangotri, features the holy seat of Goddess Ganga and marks the mythological event of its origin on Earth from Lord Shiva’s locks. Gaumukh, which serves as the origin point of the Bhagirathi River (later came to be known as ‘Ganga’), regards great mythological significance too and is only 19 kilometers trek distance from the Gangotri Temple.
The third on the list is Kedarnath Dham, dedicated to Lord Shiva, the protector, and destroyer of all. The popular religious belief is that Lord Shiva appeared as a column of light here, signifying the path of enlightenment to his devotees. Built by the renowned, Adi Shankaracharya, the temple is also historically important for the Pali inscriptions, detailed on the steps of the temple.
Lastly, Badrinath, the seat of Lord Vishnu is considered to be the source of supreme power on Earth. The ancient temple was built by Adi Shankara, who found an idol of Lord Badrinarayan in the Alaknanda River. According to the Sanskrit hymns of the Rig Veda, Vishnu is the supreme one, who can enrich the human one and lead it to the path of moksha. Thus, people from all over the world visit Badrinath to free themselves from the shackles of temptations.
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