Chardham Yatra- The Most Pious Effort To Attain Redemption And Pacification India is a land of diverse beliefs and epic stories. The Himalayas which are admired for their grandeur also hold the key to an uplifting spiritual experience for believers. Amidst the high white peaks are the four holiest pilgrimage spots in India- Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. These four pilgrimage centers are also referred to as the ‘Char Dham’ and devotees who embark on a Chardham Yatra will not only get their requests fulfilled but receive many other blessings from the Gods too. Undertaking a char dham yatra is also believed to wash away one’s sins, cleanse the soul and even influence one’s next birth. In addition, the Ganga and Yamuna which are considered two of the holiest rivers in India, also originate from two of these dhams. To be born or to die at any of these holy spots is considered a blessing. The Chardham yatra begins at Yamunotri, followed by Gangotri, then Kedarnath and ends at Badrinath. Not surprisingly, Char Dham packages for tourists are always in demand. Origins of the Char Dham Although the actual legend behind the Char Dham is vague, it is believed that Saint Adi th
Shankaracharya who was a much revered Hindu philosopher in the 8
century, was the actual
personality who coined the word ‘CharDham’ itself. This word was meant to signify the four residences or abodes of God in four different directions of India- Badrinath in the North, Rameshwaram in the South, Puri in the East and Dwaraka in the West. It is believed that Shankaracharya tried his best to unite Hindus who were spread all across the country at that time and even today, a Char dham yatra or a pilgrimage to these four holy spots is considered a must in the lifetime of a Hindu devotee. The Char Dhams A Chardham yatra usually begins from a holy place like Haridwar or Rishikesh and includes a trip to all four holy spots. Of these, Yamunotri and Gangotri are each dedicated to the Hindu goddesses th
Yamuna and Ganga respectively. The temple at Yanumotri was built in the 19 century by a member th
of the Jaipur royal family. The Gangotri temple was also built in the 19 century and devotees have to take a bath in the Ganga first before participating in a puja. Kedarnath is home to the famous Shri th
Kedarnath temple which is an 8 century stone temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Badrinath is believed to be the place where Saint Adi Shankaracharya attained his freedom from incarnation and the temple here is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The best time to go on a char dham yatra is between May to October as snowfall in the winter makes travel impossible.
India is a land of diverse beliefs and epic stories. The Himalayas which are admired for their grandeur also hold the key to an uplifting sp...