Chardham , also known as (small four abodes) is one of the most important Hindu Pilgrimages in India , Located in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, the yatra consists of four shrines —Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath. These shrines yatra is also known as Chota Char Dham Yatra. All Hindus have a dream to go to these four shrines once in their lifetime. At Trip to Explore we provide complete solution for chardham yatra.
The holy Yamuna river originates from Yamunotri, Maa Ganga river from Gangotri, Mandakani river from Kedarnath and Alakhnanda river, Saraswati river from Badrinath ji. Kedarnath is one of the most famous 12 Jyotirlingas of Shiva in India which is considered to be the main places of worship of Lord Shiva. Badrinath is also one of the real Chardhams of india (with each dham being in different corners of the country- are Badrinath dham, Rameshwaram dham , Jagannath Puri dham and Dwarka dham) Yamunotri Dham, the first Dham of Chota Chardham , where the sacred river the Yamuna originates. Yamunotri Situated in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand, It is believed that bathing in water of Yamuna river cleanses all their sins and protect from an untimely death. It is believed that yamunotri was built in 1839 by the king of Tehri, Naresh Sudarshan Shah. The goddess Yamuna ji is said to be the daughter of Sun & twin sister of Yamaraja (the god of death); in Vedas, Yamuna is called Yami (lady of life). It is said that sage Asit Muni lived there and bathed in both River Ganga and river Yamuna. In his old age, when sage Asit Muni was unable to go to Gangotri dham, a stream of Ganga river started to flow across the steam of Yamuna river.
There are many hot water springs near the temple; Surya Kund (THE POND OF THE SUN) is the most important among them. Devotees boil rice in surya kund hot water and consider it as a Prasad (religious offering) from Goddess Yamuna ji.
Gangotri Dham is dedicated & Birth place of Goddess Ganga. People believed that Lord Shiva decided to release the mighty river from his hair. The river originates at Gaumukh from the Gangotri glacier which is about 18 kms from Gangotri Temple. The Gangotri temple was built by Nepalese General Amar Singh Thapa a Gurkha general, in the early 19th century.
Kedarnath Dham is situated in Uttarakhand state (Rudraprayag district), It is the one of the most important Place for worshipers of lord Shiva. Kedarnath Temple located in a breathtaking mountains, near Mandakini River and at the height of 3,585 meters, Kedarnath temple is one of the 12 Jyotir Lingams and is also the most important temple among the Pancch Kedars (Madhyamaheshwar, Kalpeshwar, Rudranath , Tungnath & Kedarnath ji).
Kedarnath ji Accessible from major locations of Uttarakhand, the motorable road towards Kedarnath temple till Gauri Kund. After that needs to trek 18 km towards Kedarnath temple. Ponies and doli are easily available for walk in Devotees , helicopter shuttle services during peak season of yatra are also available in kedarnath.
Badrinath dham is an most important holy temple for Vaishnavites and is one of the 108 divya desams incarnation of lord Vishnuji. Badrinath town have Panch Badri temples(Yog Dhyan Badri, Bhavishya Badri, Adi Badri and Vriddha Badri and Badrinath temple)
Badrinath is located at an altitude of 3417 mts in the Chamoli District of Uttarakhand. Badrinath dham located nearby the Alaknanda river. Badrinath is known for its pleasant beauty, beautiful weather, Green forest cover as well as the beautiful views of snow mountains along the holy river Alaknanda flowing through the surrounding green valley.
Char Dham Temples Opens? Yamunotri dham and Gangotri dham opens on Akshay Tritiya every year which falls during the last in April or in mid of May.
The opening dates of Kedarnath ji are announced on Maha Shivratri every year and Badrinath ji opening date is announced on Basant Panchami.
Char Dham Temples Closes?
Yamunotri dham and Gangotri dham close on Diwali every year , Kedarnath ji closes on Bhaiduj & Badrinath closing is announced on Vijaydashmi (Dushhera)
What is the duration of Char Dham Yatra?
The duration of Chardham yatra from Haridwar it is 09 Nights/10 days and from Delhi takes is 11 nights/12 days.
How to get there
In order to reach upon the Chota Char Dham Yatra, you’ll need to reach Haridwar. Here’s how.
Jolly Grant Airport(Dehradun) is the nearest airport. In fact, from here, you may even take up a Helicopter service to Kedarnath ji and Badrinath ji.
Rishikesh, Haridwar and Dehradun are well connected to major cities of India by Indian Railway Network. From here you can get bus or you can hire cab as well towards Chota Chardham yatra. Conclusion
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