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Char Dhams : The 4 Sacred Abodes in India

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Char Dhams : The 4 Sacred Abodes in India
Kedarnath, Bhadrinath, Yamunotri and Gangaotri – together these four places are known as the ‘Char Dhams’ and are known to be original abodes of Gods themselves. The Char Dham yatra is on top of the pilgrimage list of stout devotees who believe that visiting these 4 sacred placed leads to salvation of that person.
Adi Shankaracharya, who is a revered sacred Guru of the Hindu Pantheon established these 4 Dhams of India. They are said to wash the sins committed by people who visit them and this opens the doors of attaining salvation for them.
Here’s a deko at what these Char Dhams have to offer for tourists:
Kedarnath

Kedarnath has a mythological history that is dated to the times of Mahabharata. It is said that the Pandavas had performed strict penance at this place to appease lord Shiva to forgive their sins of killing their cousins, Kauravas. Later, Adi Shankaracharya rebuilt this temple at the same place under the Vedic guidelines. It is said that this place has been the abode of many mystics as this place is an epicenter of releasing many energies. This temple holds significance, as lord Shiva, whose consciousness is understood by those who understand unrestrained freedom within, the creative force that which is not bound by doctrines and gospels. This temple also has one of the Jyorthirlings of Lord Shiva. It is best to visit this temple is during the first six months of the year as for the next six months the temple is closed due to snowfall. These months are considered to be auspicious according to Hinduism. All your sorrows are said to vanish, when you visit Kedarnath. This place is said to have taken away all the sorrows of Pandavas during the times of Mahabharata.

Badrinath

Also known as the Neelkanth Parvata, Bhadrinath is also one of the most revered abodes of Lord Vishnu. Situated in Uttrakhand, on the banks of Alaknanda River, is the temple of Lord Shiva. This is said to be the original place where Lord Shiva and Parvathi had lived over many years. It is said that Lord Vishnu, had meditated in this place under the Bhadri tree and that is how this place has gained importance. Also, established by Adi Shankaracharya, this place has Shaligram, the black stone that represents Lord Vishnu. The idol of Lord Vishnu is self manifested at this place. Hence, these temples which have, ‘Swyambhoo’ or self manifested idols of gods are said to hold significance in Hinduism.

Gangotri

This is one of the four sacred sites for Hindus. The water from river Ganges is taken to perform rituals for Lord Shiva. It is said that the water of this river contains nectar which is used for performing rituals of Lord Shiva. It is said that Goddess Ganga had descended from heaven to Earth in the form of a river to wash away the sins of Bhagirath and his ancestors. A shrine of Lord Shiva in Gangotri is believed to be the place where Lord Shiva had tied the river in his locks and left the water in the form of streams at this place. This submerged Shivling is said to have appeared all by itself, and has not been installed by anyone. The ideal places to visit this Dham is bewteen the months of May to June and September to October. A special puja is conducted on the day of Akshay Tritiya. The glaciers of Gangotri make for adventurous biking hikes. It is said that visiting all the 4 Dhams the past life sins are washed away.

Yamunotri
In the state of Uttrakhand lies Yamunotri, the sacred piligirmage of Hindus. Goddess Yamuna is the sister of Lord of Death in Hinduism called Lord Yama. Whoever suffers from the phobia of death, must seek the blessings of Goddess Yamuna at Yamunotri, which is also the source of the river Yamuna. It is said that one gets alleviated from death like suffering from life when they take a holy dip in this sacred river. Lord Yama and Goddess Yamuna are said to be children of Lord Surya in Hinduism while Sun is who is the life giver. The temple was built in the year 1893. The trek to the Saptrishi Kund is said to take one whole day. You can watch the clear blue waters and sunrise at this place.
All these 4 Dhams have been established by Adi Shankaracharya, who has established these temples with the vedic principles and till date, they hold the same historical importance and sacred value for Hindus.
So give some serious thought tosoak in the divinity and also the natural beauty of the Char Dhams on your next vacation.
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One thought on “Char Dhams : The 4 Sacred Abodes in India

  1. Really a visit to the Char dhams is a life time experience…

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