Char Dham, is situated in the Indian state of Uttarakhand which is also well-known as “Devbhoomi” which means “ Land of Gods”. Char Dham is a cluster of 4 holiest places for Hindus which comprises 4 holy temples dedicated to two holy rivers, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. Char Dham Yatra is the holy walk which covers all these 4 holiest temples in Hinduism which is covered by thousands of devotees every year during the summer season as during winters all these temples are inaccessible due to heavy snowfall.
Char Dham comprises Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath which should be covered in clockwise direction starting from Yamunotri and ending at Badrinath. These temples are situated high up in the Himalayan mountains which makes these temples accessible only in summers. However, all these temples are surrounded by some of the most beautiful and scenic views of nature with challenging treks, snow-capped peaks, glaciers and sky-rising trees of thick forests.
Char Dham, can only be covered within certain age limits as the treks are challenging and the government does not authorize kids and aged people to visit here. Also, these temples can be visited on foot, riding a pony or by helicopter services which are run by the government. It is said that once in your lifetime everyone must visit these 4 holiest temples to wash away the sins and get salvation from re-birth.
Custom Tours India, brings you the lifetime chance to visit these important sites in Hinduism to know more about the creation of gods, mother nature and to reconnect within yourself. Below mentioned temples are the 4 important temples in India which comprises the famous Char Dham Yatra.
Yamunotri temple is the first temple of Char Dham Yatra which must be visited first to seek blessing of Goddess Yamunotri. The temple is situated at an elevation of 3,293 m above sea level and is dedicated to Goddess Yamunotri, who protects the devotees from premature death and from the majestic slopes of Himalayan ranges. This is the place from where River Yamuna, second holiest river in India descends to other parts of the Country. The temple is blessed with hot water springs, scenic trek, alluring beauty of snow-capped Himalayas and beautiful lush green valleys. In order to reach Yamunotri, you need to trek for 3 kms from Janki Chatti which will take approx 3 hours.
Gangotri temple is the second temple of Char Dham Yatra which is situated at an elevation of 3,100 m above sea level and is dedicated to Goddess Ganga. This is the place where the holiest river of India, Ganges descends on Earth. As per Hindu mythology, King Bhagirath performed austerity at this place to bring River Ganges from heaven to Earth in order to wash away the evil from Earth and to fight the scarcity of water. Hence, the river is also known as “Bhagirathi”. As per another chapter of Hindu Mythology, River Ganges, was brought from Heaven to Earth on request of Lord Brahma (The Creator and one of three main gods of Hinduism) however, the due to extreme power, River Ganges descended on Earth through Lord Shiva Locks, which was named River Bhagirathi. River Bhagirathi after merging with Alaknanda River in Devprayag is named as River Ganges which rushes through the whole country.
Kedarnath temple is the holiest temple as per Hinduism which is situated at an elevation of 3,583 m above sea level and is the most prominent temple of Lord Shiva out of 12 jyotirlingas present in India. The trek to Kedarnath temple is the most challenging as it is the highest temple in India located near to Kedar Peak in the lap of Great Himalayas. It is one of the most beautiful treks one can go on as it is well-decorated with breathtaking views, snow-capped Himalayan peaks and Mandakini River which originates from Chorabari glacier. As per the famous ancient Sanskrit epic, Mahabharata, Pandavas felt guilty after killing their own wrongful cousins Kauravs, wanted to wash away the sins and worshipped Lord Shiva for redemption. However, Lord Shiva disclosed himself in the form of a bull and dived into the ground leaving the hump on the surface which worshipped here in the form of Shiva’s manifestation. Along with this, the remaining body parts appeared into different parts as Lord Shiva manifestations which are also worshipped highly by Lord Shiva’s devotees.
Badrinath temple is the final and forth temple comprising the popular Char Dham Yatra which is situated at an elevation of 3,133 m above sea level. Badrinath temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu because as per Hindu mythology, Lord Vishnu once meditated here with her consort Goddess Lakshmi, who turned into a berry tree “Badri” to give Lord Vishnu shade from sun. The temple is surrounded by snow-capped Himalayan ranges and lush green hills which makes this temple truly an example of heaven on earth. Along with this, this is the temple from where Alaknanda River originates. In addition to this, the temple was established by Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century.