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Char Dham Yatra Package – Travel Guide and Destinations

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06 Jan Char Dham Yatra Package – Travel Guide and Destinations

Char Dham Yatra 2017 – Experience the spirituality at its Optimum

If you have a curiosity to know deep about the world’s oldest surviving scriptural religion- Sanatan Dharma or Hinduism, then start your journey with famous “Char Dham yatra”.

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The Char Dham Yatra is one of the significant pilgrimage tours of India, especially for Hindus. The people of the Hindu community believe that the person who does this yatra washes away all the sins and takes him/her to ‘Moksha’. Moreover, many of them also believe that once in a lifetime every Hindu must go for this holy char Dham yatra.

The sacred journey of “Char Dham” was renamed by Sri Adi Shankaracharya includes four abodes of Hindu god – Badrinath, Puri, Rameswaram, Dwarka. These abodes are located across four different directions of the country.

Interesting facts about Char Dham Yatra –

You will be surprised to know Char Dham forms a square as Badrinath and Rameswaram fall on the same longitude and Dwarka and Puri fall on the same latitude. All the four abodes are widely visited pilgrimage of Hindu across the world, each one has its own significance.

Badrinath

The abode of lord Vishnu- beautiful Badrinath temple rests in the lap of the Himalayas in Chamoli district of Garhwal region of Uttrakhand. Located at a height of 3133m, the 15m black structured Badrinath temple takes us to the Vedic era and of the important destination of sacred Char Dham Yatra tour. The enchanting aura around the temple, free flowing Alaknanda river will leave you to spellbound, there is something magical about the place.

The beautiful town of Badrinarayan is one of most visited Hindu shrine across India. The black stone sculpture of Vishnu in the form of Badrinarayan is the reigning deity worshiped in the temple. The temple is divided into 3 parts- Garbha Griha, Darshan Mandap, and Shobha Mandap. Goddess Laxmi is also housed in the premises along with Narayana.

This abode of Lord Vishnu makes you lost in the magical aura of the place. You can feel the chants of “Jai Badri Vishal” by nature itself.

Mythological belief & History

It is believed that it is the same place where Lord Vishnu had done his penance. The folks of the place said, when Goddess Mahalaxmi saw Lord Vishnu undertaking his penance in open despite bad weather condition, she took the form of Badari tree and provided him shelter. The existing structure of the temple is built by Kings of Garhwal. The idol of Lord Badri Narayan holds a Shankh in one hand and Chakra in the other and other two rests on the lap in Yogamudra.



The time when Buddhism flourished, there was an idol of Lord Buddha. It is said that Adi Shankaracharya replaced the idol of Buddha by Lord Vishnu statue, which currently worshiped as a sign of his presence. So, the statue looks alike Buddha in Padmasan mudra.

How to Reach?

Air: The nearest airport is the Dehradun Jolly Grant airport. A taxi can be hired from the airport to reach Badrinath.

Rail: Nearest railway stations is Rishikesh and Haridwar, located at the distance 298 kilometers from the temple.Taxis and bus regularly head towards Badrinath from the railway station.

 Travel Tip –

  • Do not carry alcohol in the temple premises. May to October is the best time to visit the place.

Puri

Puri is the holy land of Shree Shree Jagannath Mahaprabhu, who is considered as supreme solace and savior of countless devotees around the world. The Jagannath temple is one of the most significant pilgrimages of “Char Dham Yatra”. It is believed that monumental and magnificent shrine is as old as this universe.

Mythological belief & History

According to the Skanda-Purana, Brahma Purana, and another Puranas depicts that Lord Jagannath was earlier worshiped as Lord Neela Madhaba by a Savar king named Viswavasu.

When King Indradyumna heard about the divine being, he sent a Brahmin priest, Vidyapati to find who was worshiped secretly in a dense forest by Savar king. In spite of trying hard, he was not able to locate the place where the deity was worshiped. However, he somehow managed to marry Viswavasu’s daughter Lalita.

Later, Vidhyapati succeeded to convince Viswavasu. He took his son-in-law blindfolded to the place, where Lord Neela Madhaba was worshiped. Vidhyapati was very clever; he dropped the mustard seeds on the ground all through his way.

Few days after, the mustard seeds germinated and Vidyapati was able to locate the place. When he told King Indradyumna, he immediately came to Odra desha (Odisha) to see and worship the Deity. Unfortunately, the statue of the Lord Neela Madhaba disappeared. But, a king was determined that he will not return back without the diety’s Darshana. He didn’t eat and drink for several days, and then a heavenly voice cried “you will see him”. The King Indradyumna later built a magnificent temple for Vishnu. Currently, deities of Jagannath, Balabhadra, and Subhadra are worshiped in the temple.



In recent research, copper plates from the Ganga dynasty were discovered. According to the research the ruler of Kalinga ‘Anantavarman Chodaganga’ initiated the construction of the Jagannath temple, which we see today.

How to Reach?

Air: The nearest airport is Bhubaneshwar which is located at the distance of 60 Km. you can hire a private taxi, or board bus heading towards Puri. There is also an air route for completing the char Dham yatra.

Rail: Puri is the nearest railway station, which is just 3 Km from the temple. You can hire a rickshaw, taxi to get there.

Bus: Puri bus depot is the nearest bus stand; there is a direct bus from Kolkata, Vishakapatnam, Cuttack, Bhubaneshwar.

Travel tip

  • Winters are the best time to visit the temple. Non-Hindu is not allowed to enter the temple premises.

Rameswaram

The Holy city of Rameswaram is located on Pamban Island just at the tip of the Indian peninsula. It is the existing witness of many great empires of southern India. It is one of the most significant pilgrimages of the Char Dhams.

Ramanathaswamy Temple is a holy shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva and center of conviction of Shaivaite sect. Moreover, it is among the 275 most significant Shiva temples and one of the twelve ‘Jyotirlingas’.It is beautifully designed Dravidian style architecture.

Mythological belief & History

If we talk about Indian Mythology, it is believed that history of Rameshwaram is as old as the epic saga of Hinduism “Ramayana”. Hindu believes that it is the same place where Lord Rama made a ‘lingam’ to worship Lord Shiva to defeat Ravana, in fact, he himself built this temple.

In Puranas, it is mentioned that Lord Rama establish a ‘shivalinga’ to be free from the sins of killing Ravana, the son of a Brahmin.

However, Historians claims that the outer shell of the temple dates back to the 12th century. Initially, the shrine was looked after by a hovel and later the King of Sri Lanka “Parakrama Bahu” constructed the sturdier structure. It was completed by the Set up thy rulers who belong to Ramanathapuram.

How to reach

Air: The nearest airport is Madurai, just 163 Km from the city.you can board a public bus to reach the place.

Rail: The nearest railway station is Rameshwaram.

Bus:  The holy city of Rameswaram is connected with all major cities of south India through roads.

Travel tip

Winter& Monsoon is the best time to visit the place.

Dwarka char Dham yatra.

The holy shrine is located in Dwarka, Gujrat, which is dedicated to the King of Dwarka Lord Shree Krishna- the 8th incarnation of Lord Vishnu. In Shrimad Bhagvat Gita it is mentioned about the capital city of Lord Shree Krishna Dwarka as “Golden city”.
The beautiful architecture of Dwarkadhish temple- the Jagat Mandir is claimed to be 2500 years old. It is a captivating five-story temple, which has 60 pillars with elegant carvings and eye alluring structure. The whole temple is divided into three parts, prakashgar (Nijmandir) and Sabhagrih and the topmost part, the Shikhar. Moreover, one meter high black stone idol of Lord Dwarkadhish is placed in the Garbhgruh.

Mythological Belief & History

According to the Puranas fearing attack from Jarasangh – father of Rukmani, Shree Krishna moved along with Yadavas from Mathura to the coast of Saurashtra. He decided to establish a new capital in the coastal region and invoke the Vishwakarma the deity of construction. But, Vishwakarma said the city can only be built if Samudradev agrees to give some land. Shree Krishna worshiped Samundradev, the dedication pleased the lord of sea and he provided land measuring 12 yojans for building Dwarka, a “city in gold”.

How to Reach?

Air: Jamnagar is the nearest airport; located at the distance of 43 Km. You can hire a taxi or board a bus to reach the holy city of Lord Krishna.

Rail: The nearest railway station is Dwarka city.

By road: Dwarka city is well connected via roads from all major cities of India.

Travel Tip –

Winters are the best time to visit the place.

If you are looking for internal peace, then Char Dham Yatra is the best idea for you. It will definitely give you the peace you were looking for long. The best thing – all these pilgrimages is well connected through Railways, roads, and air.


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