Char Dham Yatra in “Land of God” - Uttarakhand begins in the serene Himalayas. It includes four Pilgrimage sites Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. The yatra begins from Yamunotri. The next destination is the Gangotri shrine. After that, the pilgrim transcends to Kedarnath and finally Badrinath.
A dark rock from which the hot springs emerge, called the Divya Shila is the most sacred area of Yamunotri. Here the pilgrims offer their first prayer. Gangotri is dedicated to Goddess Ganga. The holy abode overlooks the River Bhagirathi. Kedarnath is associated with Lord Shiva and is a part of the Panch Kedar. Badrinath is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is nestled in the backdrop of the Neelkanth Peak between the Nar and Narayan mountains.
After completing the Char Dham pilgrimage tour, it is believed that the devotee achieves an absolute serenity of mind.
All these four shrines are in different parts of Uttarakhand. It is considered as Teerth Yatra, i.e. pilgrimage and is one of the most visited pilgrim places in the country.
Since Char Dham is the dwelling of the Hindu gods, it is believed that one must visit this place to get salvation. Every year about 2 lac tourists visit this holy shrine. According to Hindu mythology, the Hindu philosopher Shri Adi Shankaracharya named the four sacred temples as ‘Char Dham.’ The literal meaning of it is holy destinations or God’s abodes. Hindu Mythology states that Shri Adi Shankaracharya acquired freedom from reincarnation in Badrinath Dham.
The best part of visiting Char Dham is its naturalistic surroundings, captivating snow-clad mountains and unadulterated atmosphere. Chardham yatra has captured a sacred place and so even today thousands of people globally visit this holy site each year during the pilgrimage season.
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