The Char Dham Yatra is an annual pilgrimage to India’s 4 holiest Hindu shrines located in Uttarakhand. According to Hindu legends, undertaking a journey to the Chardham in Uttarakhand helps one to wash away sins and get moksha (liberation from the cycle of death and rebirth).
As per Hindu mythology, the four places where gods reside all the time are: Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri
Millions of the devotees undertake the Char Dham Yatra of Uttarakhand every year however owing to the grandeur of the location there are many interesting legends that are not very popular yet. Get ready to unveil those secrets yourself here:
Located at an elevation of around 10,171 ft., Badrinath is situated on the banks of the Alaknanda River. The spiritual site of Badrinath Temple is also mentioned in the Padma Purana. The temple is one of the 108 Divya Desams dedicated to Vishnu (holy shrines for Vaishnavites). With the temple shielded by the mountains Nar and Narayana, the sight of it evokes a sense of calmness and spirituality. According to legend, the Badrinath Temple, also known as the Badrinarayan Temple, was built in the 8th century by Adi Shankaracharya. The temple remains open for six months of the year to worship Lord Vishnu as its presiding deity. However, heavy snowfall prevents its access during the winter.
Places to see in Badrinath: Surya Kund Badrinath, Saraswati River, Panch Dhara and Panch Shila, Vyas Cave, Sheshnetra, Brahma Kapal, Ganesha Cave, Bheem Pul, Narad Kund, Mata Murti Temple, Charan Paduka, Neelkantha Peak, Tapta Kund Badrinath, Mana Village
Places around Badrinath: Pandukeshwar, Vasudhara Falls, Yogdhyan Badri Temple, Satopanth Trek, Alkapuri
Located at an elevation of around 11,204 ft., Gangotri is a small town where you can visit the temple of Goddess Ganga. As per Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva released the mighty Ganges (or Ganga) from his locks at Gangotri. However, Ganga originated from Gaumukh in the Gangotri glacier, which is located 19 km from Gangotri. From its origination place, the river is known as Bhagirathi and becomes Ganga upon merging with Alaknanda near the town of Devaprayag. Nestled among the grand Himalayan peaks, glaciers, and dense forests of Garhwal, it is one of the highest points of pilgrimage in India.
Places to see in Gangotri: Gangotri Temple, Jalmagna Shivlinga, Surya Kund Gangotri, Gangotri Glacier
Located at an elevation of around 10,804 ft., Yamunotri is regarded as the origin of the majestic river Yamuna. A divine goddess of Hindu mythology, Yamuna is the twin sister of Yama (the god of death) and is said to be the Goddess of perseverance. It is believed that bathing in the revered Yamuna River will cleanse you of your sins, and protect you against untimely death. With picturesque surroundings and awesome shrubs, lush meadows and gushing waterfalls, Yamunotri offers an exhilarating experience in the footsteps of the Garhwal mountain ranges. Yamunotri temple is known to be
Places near Yamunotri: Yamunotri Temple, Surya Kund Yamunotri, Jankichatti, Shani Dev Temple, Divya Shila
Places around Yamunotri: Raithal Village, Barsu Village, Uttarkashi, Jankichatti, Kharsali, Hanumanchatti, Barkot, Dayara Bugyal