CHAR DHAM YATRA UTTARAKHAND

The Char Dham whose literal meaning is the “Four Abodes” is a set of four pilgrimage sites in Uttarakhand (Char Dham Yatra Uttarakhand).

It encircles the four holiest sites which are located at four directions of India precisely in Badrinath, Puri, Rameshwaram and Dwarka. 

These holy sites were established by Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century AD. However, a fairly smaller circuit of the Hindu pilgrimage was also formed in the hinterland of the Himalayas. It came to be known as the “Chota Char Dham”. 

Chota Char Dham in Uttarakhand:

The Chota Char Dham comprises of the four sacred sites- Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. These are divided into two Shakti sites namely Yamunotri and Gangotri and a Shaiva site which is established in Kedarnath. Yamunotri and Gangotri Dham are located in Uttarkashi district, Kedarnath in Rudraprayag district and Badrinath Dham sits high in Chamoli district. 

Many Hindu scriptures suggests that Guru Adi Shankaracharya attained Moksha in Kedarnath. The benevolent Garhwal Himalayas have been mentioned in numerous Hindu religious texts including Vedas and Puranas. Thus, making it is the holy abode of several Hindu Gods and Goddesses. 

Opening and Closing Dates of Char Dham Yatra Uttarakhand 2018:
Kedarnath:

Opening: 29 April, 2018

Closing: on the day Bhai Dooj (November expected)

Badrinath:

Opening: 30 April, 2018

Closing: third week of November (expected)

Gangotri:

Opening: 18 April 2018

Closing: 9 November 2018 (Dates may vary)

Yamunotri:

Opening: 18 April 2018

Closing: 9 November 2018 (Dates may vary)

Why every spiritual being must commence the Char Dham Yatra in Uttarakhand:

Uttarakhand bestowed with the title of “The Land of Gods” is truly a wonder of the divine. Many religious texts suggests that the Devas or the Gods performed their severe penance here. Many prominent Hindu Gods also found their safe haven here. 

The pristine mountain ranges, the eternal rivers, lush meadows, solemn river confluences and rare Himalayan flowers attracts the attention of the visitors from all around the world. The divine holy places tucked in the Himalayas make Uttarakhand a perfect place to seek spiritual bliss. 

Importance of Char Dham Yatra Uttarakhand:

The Char Dham Yatra has a great importance in Hindu religion as millions of devotees come here to pay obeisance to the lord in order to eliminate all the sins and to attain salvation by the blessings of the deity.

It is believed that every person who abides their faith in Hinduism must commence the Char Dham pilgrimage once in a lifetime. This rewarding pilgrimage has also become popular among foreign tourists who wish to see the rich culture and the spectacular mountain beauty of the Himalayas in front of their eyes.

Note: The Charm Dham Yatra can be completed in one stretch within 10-11 days. Other than this, helicopter services are also available to access the four heavenly abodes. The portals of the Char Dham are closed for six months due to heavy snowfall as the temples remain inaccessible.

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