Char Dham Yatra in Uttarakhand

According to Hinduism, one of the cardinal duties of a righteous Hindu is to partake in pilgrimage to attain liberation or moksha. The dhams or holy pilgrimage sites have been visited by sages, saints, and seers since antiquity and is still visited by devout Hindus with unflinching faith and devotion. Out of all the holy sites, the venerated Chota Char Dham is of utmost religious significance.

Badrinath

Acknowledged by seers and sages since antiquity, Badrinath is one of most revered pilgrimages for Hindus. It is one of the original Char Dham – the four divine seat of the Lord. Thousands of pilgrims from all over the country visit to Badrinath Temple every year to worship and pay obeisance to Lord Vishnu as Badrinath.

Kedarnath

Out of all the temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Kedarnath shrine is the most revered. Shiva devotees from all over the country take an arduous pilgrimage to reach the holy abode of Lord Shiva at Kedarnath. Perched at an elevation of 3,553 meters, the Kedarnath temple was built under the divine guidance of Adi Shankaracharya some 800 years ago.

Gangotri

Situated at a height of 3,415 meters, Gangotri shrine is nestled amidst the imposing lush green hills as the river Ganges flows beside the shrine. Considered the abode of Goddess Ganga – the life-giving river that nourishes the soil of India, Gangotri is one of the Chota Char Dham. Every year, thousands of devotees visit the Gangotri temple to seek blessings from the Goddess Ganga for a happy and fulfilling life.

Yamunotri

Dedicated to Goddess Yamuna, Yamunotri marks the origin of fifth longest river of India. River Yamuna, like the Ganges, has been elevated to the status of a divine mother for the Hindus for nurturing and developing the Indian civilization. The Yamunotri shrine is located at a height of 3,200 meters above sea level.

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