The Char Dham are illustrated by the Pandavs in Indian mythology “ Mahabharata” as Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. The places which the Pandavs believed cleanses people’s sins. It is considered highly sacred by Hindus to visit Char Dham during one’s lifetime.
Dev Bhoomi (Land of Gods), is the land of great pilgrimages, sacred temples and scenic places, which attracts millions of pilgrims and spiritual seekers to get enlightenment and also adventure seeker. The pilgrimage of Char Dhams located in Garhwal region are considered the most sacred places in India.
These four ancient temples also marks the spiritual source of four sacred rivers as well: River Yamuna (Yamunotri), River Ganga (Gangotri), River Mandakini (Kedarnath) and River Alaknanda (Badrinath).
2018 Opening Dates of Char Dham Yatra Temples
The Yamunotri Temple opens on the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya.
The Gangotri Shrine opens on the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya.
The opening of date of Kedarnath Temple is fixed and decided on the Shiva Ratri.
The opening date of Badrinath Temple is fixed on Basant Panchami by Raj Purohit.
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.
Why one should do Sacred Pilgrimage Yatras?
According to Hinduism the Pilgrimage tirthayatra, 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.
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