What are Char Dhams of India?

What are Char Dhams of India?

India is the holy land blessed with a lot of Devis and Devtas. Char Dham was founded by Adi Guru Shankaracharya. All Hindus wish to go to these four sacred places once in their lifetime.

It is located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand at 3,133 meters above sea level. Located between Nar and Narayan peaks, the holy land of Vishnu also connects to the Chota Char Dham Yatra in Uttarakhand.

Due to extreme weather conditions in the Himalayas. It is open every year for six months (between late April and early November)

Best time to visit – May – June and September – October

Point of Interest – Shree Badrinath Ji Temple, Brahma Kapal, Tapt Kund, Neelkanth Peak, and Mata Murti Mandir

 Avoid going during monsoon season as the roads connecting Badrinath are prone to landslides

 Rameshwaram (Tamil Nadu in South)

Rameshwaram is the only one of the four Dhams where Lord Shiva is the resident Deity. The remaining three have Vishnu in one form or one of His avatars at home.
The temple is constructed on an island in the Gulf of Mannar at the tip of the Indian peninsula.
Being a Jyotirlinga, the temple has gained its significance.

A visit to Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh is not considered complete as a pilgrimage unless it is accompanied by a trip to Rameshwaram, the southern Varanasi.

Best time to Visit – Winter is the ideal time to visit. It receives normal rainfall in monsoons, that too makes it a good time to visit.

Point Of Interest –  Dhanushkodi Beach, Pamban Bridge, Agnitheertham, Hanuman Temple, Sea world Aquarium and Gandhamadhana Parvatham

Jagannath Puri (Odisha in East)

The place is held for the worship of Lord Jagannath, one of the many names of Lord Krishna, which is vital because it is the only sacred place with most famous goddesses; Radha, Durga, Sati, Parvati, and Shakti.
The Rath Yatra, a chariot procession, is carried every year from the famous Jagannath Temple to the Shri Gundicha Temple at a distance of 3 km. Lord Krishna’s idols are carried along with brother Balarama and sister Subhadra in a chariot taken from the temple of Jagannath.

Point of Interest – Jagannath Temple, Sri Gundicha Temple,  Sri Gambhira, Samadhi Temple Of Sri Haridas Thakur, Puri Beach, Chilaka Lake, Raghurajpur Artist Village,Konark Beach, and Puri Light House

Best time to visit – October- February

Those who are attracted to the Temple of Jagannath and the Rath Yatra regard June and July as the best time to visit Puri.

Dwarka (Gujarat in West)

Dwarka, part of Char Dham yatra’s is the most famous Indian pilgrimage. Dwarka is also referred to as the Mokshapuri because the name derives from two words Dwar meaning door and Ka meaning Brahma.
Being Shri Krishna’s adopted home and capital after he gave up Mathura. It is held as a place of Hindu pilgrimage in such high esteem that it is considered one of the four main Char Dham.

Point of interest – Dwarkadhish Temple, Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple, Dwarka Beach, Beyt Island, Gomti Ghat and Iskcon Dwarka

Best time to Visit – The people visit Dwarka in large numbers throughout the year, but the most recommended time to visit is between October and March. The weather is pleasant and cool around this time.

So ! Have you ever visited any of the Dham so far ?

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