Uttarakhand Char Dhams
Uttarakhand is known as Dev Bhoomi (Land of Gods), as it is the land of great pilgrimages, sacred temples and places, which attracts millions of pilgrims and spiritual seekers to get enlightenment. The pilgrimage of Char Dhams located in Garhwal region are considered the most sacred places in India: Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. These four ancient temples also marks the spiritual source of four sacred rivers as well: River Yamuna (Yamunotri), River Ganga or Ganges (Gangotri), River Mandakini (Kedarnath) and River Alaknanda (Badrinath).
2017 Opening Dates of Char Dham Yatra Temples with StatusYamunotri Dham: The Yamunotri Temple opens on the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya.
Gangotri Dham: The Gangotri Shrine opens on the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya.
Kedarnath Dham: The opening of date of Kedarnath Temple is fixed and decided on the Shiva Ratri.
Badrinath Dham: The opening date of Badrinath Temple is fixed on Basant Panchami by Raj Purohit
Important Note: Registration is compulsory for CharDham Yatra 2017. Check here for more details on Char Dham Registrations.
About Char Dham Temples
The great Hindu philosopher and reformer Adi Shankaracharya initiated the Char Dham Yatra in an attempt to revive the Hindu religion during the 8th century. Now, thousands of devotees from all around the world become the part of it.
Yamunotri Dham: The Yamunotri Temple is dedicated Goddess Yamuna. Yamunotri is a place to seek the blessings of Yamuna and save themselves from the agony of death, as Devi Yamuna is sister of Yama, the God of Death.
Gangotri Dham: The Gangotri Temple is dedicated to Goddess Ganga. Gangotri is the source of Holy river Ganga.
Kedarnath Dham: The Kedarnath Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is a popular Hindu shrine and pilgrimage, attracting devotees from all over the world.
Badrinath Dham: The Badrinath temple is a Shrine of Lord Vishnu, and it is part of Chota Char Dham and CharDham of India.
Char Dham Route (4 Dham Travel Circuit)
Traditionally, the Chardham yatra is undertaken from the west to the east, thus, the yatra starts from Yamunotri, then proceeding to Gangotri and finally to Kedarnath and Badrinath. Pilgrims traditionally first visit Yamunotri and Gangotri and bring with them the holy waters from the sources of the rivers Yamuna and Ganga and offer abhishekams to Kedareshwara. Char Dhams of Uttarakhand are also known as Chota Char Dham of India.
Char Dham Tips (Things to Carry during CharDham Yatra 2016)- Carry a kit of the basic emergency medicines, Use bottled water during trip
- Eat Food which is boiled, cooked or fried, Carry a mosquito/insect repellent, Sunscreen cream
- Ensure you are physically and mentally fit to perform the journey as the Yatra involves trekking at an altitude of 1,4000 ft.
- At least a month before the Yatra, it is advisable to start preparatory exercises
- Carry heavy woolens, including thermal body warmers, raincoats, sleeping bags, blankets, water-proof shoes with sufficient grips, torch
- Women are advised to avoid sarees and opt for salwar kameez or trousers.
- Hire only a registered ponywalla or porter, Don't attempt short cuts on the route.
Important Note: Registration is compulsory for Char Dham Yatra 2016.
Char Dhams are the famous four holy places of Hindu Pilgrimages, which are nestled among the lofty peaks of Himalayas in Uttarakhand. This hindu pilgrimage Char Dham circuit consists of four sites: Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. All these locations are believed to be highly sacred by the Hindu religion. It is the ultimate desire of every Hindu to visit the holy shrines at least once in life time to attain salvation (Moksha).
Why one should do Sacred Pilgrimage Yatras?
According to Hinduism the Pilgrimage tirthayatra (Teerth Yatra), is one of the five duties of every Hindu, along with Dharma, Worship, Sanskaras and Observing religious festivals. A pilgrimage is an exercise in willpower, humility and faith, when the devotee travels to often difficult locations, leaving his problems at the feet of the Deity and forgetting everything but God.
A pilgrimage is an intimate experience, a direct connection between the seeker and the sacred. A devotee goes on pilgrimage to see holy men and women, to worship at holy shrines, to have darshan of Deities abiding in ancient sanctums. A pilgrim journeys to see God have a life-changing, bliss-engendering, karma-eradicating contact with the Divine.