श्रीराम जय राम जय जय राम, শ্ৰীৰাংজয়ৰাংজয়জয়ৰাং, শ্রীরাম জয় রাম জয় জয় রাম , શ્રીરામ જય રામ જયજય રામ, ಶ್ರೀರಾಮಜಯರಾಮಜಯಜಯರಾಮ, ശ്രിറാം ജയ് റാം ജയ്‌ ജയ് റാം, శ్రీరాంజయరాంజయజయరాం

Charo Dham

Shri Badrinath

 

charo dham shri badrinathOne of the most celebrated pilgrimage spots in the country, is the famous Badrinath Temple. Guarded on either side by the two mountains Nar and Narayan, the Neelkanth Peak provides a splendid backdrop to Badrinath. The Badrinath is one of the Hindu pilgrimages known as ‘Four Dhams’. Legend has it that Lord Vishnu came to the area, called ‘Badri Van’, or the berry garden, to meditate after Narad rebuked the Lord for being immersed in worldly pleasures. The main deity is a meditating Lord Vishnu.

Facing the temple at the bank of Alaknanda River is a hot water spring known as “Tapt Kund” Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple of Shri Badrinathji, is 5 m high, built in the form of a cone with a small cupola of a gilt bull and spire. The temple opens every year in the month of April-May and closes for winters in the third week of November. Even though legend dates the temple back to the Vedic age, Guru Adi Shankaracharya has established the present temple. The temple has three parts – Garbha Grih (The Sanctum Sanctorum), Darshan Mandap (for pujas) and Sabha Mandap (for devotees to assemble).

VHP Service Project– There is one sevakarya ( service project) at Pipalkoti, on the way to Joshi Mutt, before Badrinath Dham, where Vishwa Hindu Parishad runs a Dharmashala for the staying arrangements of pilgrims and Saints, throughout the year and mainly during the
pilgrimage. Pipalkoti is around 20 kms from Chamoli- Gopeshwar which is a district place.

Province: Uttaranchal

Air : Nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun, 314 km.

Rail : Nearest Railway station is Rishikesh, 297 km which is connected to major cities like Howrah, Mumbai, Delhi and Lucknow by rail.

 

Shri Kedarnath

 

The shrine of Kedarnath is amongst the holiest pilgrimages for the Hindus.

charo dham shri kedarnathKedarnath is also one of the Dham in ‘Four Dham’ There are more than 200 shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva in the region. The most important one is Kedarnath which is situated amidst the dramatic mountains capes of the majestic Kedarnath range stands one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Kedar or Lord Shiva. The Kedarnath Temple is at an altitude of 3584 m on the head of river Mandakini. The present temple, built in 8th century A.D. by Adi Shankaracharya, stands adjacent to the site of an earlier temple built by the Pandavas. The inner walls of the assembly hall are decorated with figures of various deities and scenes from mythology. Outside the temple door, a large statue of the Nandi Bull stands as guard. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the exquisitely architectured Kedarnath temple is considered to be more than 1000 years old. Built of extremely large, heavy and evenly cut gray slabs of stones, it evokes wonder as to how these heavy slabs had been handled in the earlier days. The temple has a “Garbha Griha” for worship and a Mandap, apt for assemblies of pilgrims and visitors. A conical rock formation inside the temple is worshipped as Lord Shiva in his Sadashiva form.

According to legend, the Pandavas after having won over the Kauravas in the Kurukshetra war, felt guilty of having killed their own brothers and sought the blessings of Lord Shiva for redemption. He eluded them repeatedly and while fleeing took refuge at Kedarnath in the form of a bull. On being followed he dived into the ground, leaving his hump on the surface. The remaining portions of Lord Shiva appeared at four other places and are worshipped there as his manifestations. The arms appeared at Tungnath, the face at Rudranath, the belly at Madhmaheshwar and his locks (hair) with head at Kalpeshwar. Kedarnath and the four above mentioned shrines are treated as Panch Kedar.

Province : Uttarachal

Air : Nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun, 239 km.

Railway : Nearest railway station is Rishikesh, 221 km.

Road : Kedarnath is approachable on foot, 14 km from Gaurikund, which is connected by road with Rishikesh, Kotdwar, Dehradun, Haridwar and other important hill stations of Garhwal and Kumaon hills.

Gangotri

 

charo dham gangotriThe 18th century’s temple dedicated to Goddess Ganga is located near a sacred stone where King Bhagirath worshipped Lord Shiva. Ganga is believed to have touched earth at this spot. According to another legend, Pandavas performed the great ‘Deva Yagna’ here to atone the deaths of their kinsmen in the epic battle of Mahabharata. The temple is an exquisite 20 ft. High structure made of white granite.

The shrine of Gangotri is situated at an elevation of 3048 m amidst captivating surroundings. Gangotri is located at a distance of 99 km from Uttarkashi. The temple, constructed by the Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa, in the 18th century, is situated on the left bank of Bhagirathi. It is visited by lakhs of pilgrims every year.

Submerged Shivling

The natural rock Shivling, submerged in the river, is an holiest sight reinforcing the strength of the divine. It is believed that, Lord Shiva sat at this spot to receive the Ganaga in his matted locks. The shivling is visible in the early winters when the water level goes down.

Province : Uttaranchal

Air : Nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun, 17 km from Rishikesh and 265 km from Gangotri.

Railway : Nearest railway station is at Rishikesh, 248 km away.

Road : Gangotri is connected by road with Rishikesh, at 265 km away.

Yamunotri

 

The shrine of Yamunotri, situated at an elevation of about 3,235 m is a point of paramount religious importance for Hindus and an essential pilgrimage. Situated in the direction opposite to Gangotri, the road bifurcates from a place called Dharasu, somewhere between Rishikesh-Uttarkashi and goes on to Yamunotri. The shrine can also be visited via Mussoorie and Barkot.

charo dham yamunotri2The sacred shrine of Yamunotri, source of the river Yamuna, is the westernmost shrine in the Garhwal Himalayas, perched atop a flank of Bandar Poonch Parvat. The chief attraction at Yamunotri is the temple devoted to goddess Yamuna and the holy thermal springs at Jankichatti (7 km. Away).

The actual source a frozen lake of ice & glacier (Champasar glacier) located on the Kalind mountain at the height of 4421 m above sea level, about 1 km further up, is not frequented generally as it is not accessible and hence the shrine has been located on the foot of the hill.The approach is extremely charo dham yamunotri1difficult and pilgrims therefore offer pooja at the temple itself.The temple of Yamuna is on the left bank of Yamuna constructed by Maharaja Pratap Shah of Tehri Garhwal.The deity is made of black marble. The Yamuna like Ganga has been elavated to the status of divine mother for the Hindus and has been held responsible for nurturing and developing the Indian civilization.

Close to the temple are hot water springs gushing out from the mountain cavities. Suryakund is the most important Kund. Near the Suryakund there is a shila called Divya Shila, which is worshipped before puja is offered to the deity. Devotees prepare rice and potatoes to offer at the shrine by dipping them in these hot water springs, tied in muslin cloth. Rice so cooked is taken back home as prasadam.The pujaris of Yamunotri come from the village of Kharsali near Jankichatti. They are the administrators of the sacred place and perform religious rites well versed in Shastras.

Province : Uttaranchal

Air : Nearest airport is Jolly Grant, Dehradun.

Railway : Nearest railway station is at Rishikesh.