• Overview

The Char Dham and Gomukh Tapovan of Uttarakhand is an important Hindu pilgrimage circuit in the Indian Himalayas. It is located in the Garhwal region of the state of Uttarakhand. Dhams are religious places revered by Hindus of India. The word “char” denotes four seats or abodes of shrines of great spiritual significance. The concept of visiting these religious places is to remove all sins from one’s life. The Char Dham Yatra is essentially a route that connects four sacred temples of Hinduism located in the north, the east, the south and the west of India.

 

This Hindu pilgrimage circuit consists of four sites:

Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath

 

A Pilgrimage covering all these places at a stretch is popularly called “Char Dham Yatra”. In Hinduism, there are mainly three different Traditions of Worship – Shaivism (worshipping Lord Shiva who is the cause of Cosmic Rhythm), Vaishnavism (worshipping Lord Vishnu who is the preserver of the Cosmic Creation), Shaktism (worshipping Almighty Mother who is the Source of the Cosmic Energy). Char Dham Yatra comprises a representation of all these Traditions thus gaining importance. All these temples are dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Legends tell the tale that the proprietor god, Lord Vishnu is deified at Badrinath amidst the Himalayas, fed at Puri by the coast of Bay of Bengal, bathed at Rameswaram with the serene waters of the uniting seas and rested at Dwaraka on the islands of the gulfs. This pilgrimage is filled with spirituality and natural beauty. Pilgrims and tourists alike, each year thousands of people visit Char Dham either due to reverence or for recreation. The commutations, as well as the amenities for traveling to these places, are very feasible.

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