The Chardham yatra is considered to be extremely important pilgrimage places in India. It is the amalgamations of Kedarnath Dham, Badrinath Dham, Gangotri Dham and Yamunotri Dham from the pious sites.
These were defined by the great Hindu saint, Adi Shankaracharya and there is something special about each of them.
One of the most significant of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva, Kedarnath Dham is one of the important places of worship in India. Said to be built by the Pandavas to seek forgiveness for killing their own kin during Mahabharata war, the temple was restored and revived to its original glory by Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century. The great saint also is said have breathed his last at Kedarnath and his samadhi lies adjoining the temple. On your trip to Kedarnath Dham, make a trip to Gandhi Sarovar, Gaurikund and Bhairon Temple as these are some of the best places you can visit on your Chardham tour package.
If you are planning a visit, keep in mind that Kedarnath darshan starts in April, on the auspicious Hindu festival of Akshaya Tritiya, which also marks the advent of summer.
For the followers of Lord Vishnu, Badrinath temple is a place most advent followers of Vishu want to visit. The temple is a part of the main Chardham as well as the Chota Chardham sites in Uttarakhand. It is believed that Lord Vishnu meditated here for more than a thousand years to convey the message of humanity to the mankind. During his time here, mythology states that Goddess Lakshmi protected him during his meditation in the form of a Badri tree.
Other significant places to see nearby are the Tapti Kund springs, Mana village, Charan Paduka, believed to be Lord Vishnu’s footsteps, and Mata Murti Temple. Badrinath darshan reopens in the month of April when the summer begins and the ice begins to melt. The region sees very heavy snowfall in winters.
Dedicated to Goddess River Ganga the Gangotri temple is one of the most revered temples in India. The stories that revolve around the temple are plenty, however, as the legend goes, it is said that the great sage Bhagirath undertook severe penance here to bring the river to earth, to purify the souls of his ancestors.
While you are on your Chardham tour and at Gangotri, a trip to the gushing river Ganga that originates at Gaumukh that lies18kms from the temple, should be on your itinerary. Don’t miss Surya Kund hot springs, the beautiful towns of Harsil and Dharali while visiting the holy Gangotri temple.
Yamunotri temple marks the origin of the second holiest river in India, River Yamuna. The temple also houses an idol of Goddess Ganga, along with the idol of Goddess Yamuna.
Legends state that that Goddess Yamuna, sister of the God of Death, Yama, asked for a boon from him, that whoever bathes in her waters escapes hell and attains salvation. You will see hordes of devotees taking a dip in the sacred waters of Yamuna on your Chardham tour package
in a quest to attain this salvation.
Apart from the River, one other must visit place is the Surya Kund hot springs near the temple that hold great significance.
If you planning a Yamunotri darshan
, you should plan in the month of April, at the advent of the summer season. Due to heavy snowfall and sub-zero temperatures, all the Dhams are closed during winters. The last darshan for all the Dhams usually takes place on the day of Bhai Dooj, during the festival of Diwali in November. Chardham tour packages
operate from April until mid-November when the temple closes for winter.