Being blessed with the holy shrines, Uttaranchal is considered as the ‘Dev Bhumi’ in India. The Garhwal Himalaya region of Uttarakhand is known for preserving four abodes of God namely Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. A visit to these holy destinations is acknowledged as Chardham pilgrimage.
Chardham Yatra is considered as one of the most sacred pilgrimage in India. It was introduced in 8th century by Saint Adi Shankarachraya. The pilgrimage famous for rendering spiritual enlightenment to visitors. Further, being nestled in Garhwal Himalayas, the tour allows the pilgrims to witness an array of picturesque exquisiteness. Fleet a look below to know a little more about the holy destinations of Chardham.
The Yamunotri temple is devoted to deity Yamuna and is the first Dham of the pilgrimage. As per the legendary tales, the shrine of Yamunotri was originally retraced by Maharaja Pratap Shah of Tehri Garhwal. River Yamuna, the daughter of Surya Dev and the sister of Yum Dev, is believed to gift salvation to pilgrims. Further, Yamunotri Dham well known for the natural thermal spring - Surya Kund. The water of this thermal spring is believed to have spiritual elements and thus used for making prasad.
The literal meaning of Gangotri is Ganga descended; being the origin of the most sacred river, the dham is entitled to this name. King Bhagirath worshipped Lord Shiva for several continuous years and then River Ganga came down to earth for washing off the sins of mankind. Owing to this mythological tale, Ganga is popular as Bhagirathi here. Bath in the chaste water of Ganga renders redemption from the Lifecycle.
There are twelve main Jyotirlings worshipped in India and the Kedarnath is one of those. As per the Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva incarnated as a bull for hiding from the Pandav brothers, who were putting their best efforts for seeking redemption from the deity. In this hide and seek Lord Shiva as bull tired to get underground but didn’t succeed. The Jyotirling worshipped at Kedarnath is believed to be the hump of the bull. In addition to this, there are four other holy shrines devoted to Lord Shiva that constitute together with the main Kedarnath temple and form Panch Kedar.
Badrinath is regarded as the abode of Lord Vishnu, the preserver of life in the universe. This is the last destination of Chardham tour. The legends say that for the welfare of mankind Lord Vishnu meditated for thousands of years under the Badri tree. Thus, this shrine showcases the love that the God has in his heart for everyone. The Badrinath temple preserves some of the finest portraits of Lord Vishnu.
Chardham pilgrimage is not only known for its spiritual healing, but is also acknowledged for cuddling some of the Hindu mythological stories. In addition to this, Chardham Yatra offers an unspoiled view of Mother Nature that indeed gifts peace of mind to the visitors. Perhaps that is the reason why people from every nook and corner of the globe come to visit these holy places.