Chota Char Dham
Char Dham Yatra one of the Best Pilgrimage places to visit in India is referred to the four holy places of Hinduism, Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath Char Dham is the most important Hindu religious path in Himalayas of Uttarakhand the meaning of Char Dham is four holy places of Hindu pilgrims.
Yamunotri Temple: The seat of Goddess Yamuna and the source of Yamuna River, attraction of the Yamunotri temple is located on the bank of Yamuna river of the Uttarkashi district in the Garhwal Division of Uttarakhand, Temple was devoted to Goddess Yamuna with a black marble idol of the Goddess it was constructed for the first time by Amar Singh Thapa in 18th-century.
Gangotri Temple: The seat of Goddess Ganga, the original temple was built 18th-century by Amar Sing Thapa who was the senior commander of Nepal Army, Aarti dedicates to Ganga inside the temple as well as on the river of the bank.
Kedarnath Temple: is dedicated to Lord Shiva on the Himalayan range of Garhwal Division near Mandakini River, Kedarnath Temple will open only end of April (Akshaya Tritriya) to November (Kartik Purnima) rest of the time the temple remain closed due to extreme weather condition in the winter, to reach the Kedarnath Temple you may have to take a Walk, Pony or Manchan service for at least 18 KM from Gaurikund because there is no direct access to reach temple by road, Kedarnath Temple is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of the holiest Hindu shrines of Lord Shiva, temple was built by Pandavas and revived by Adi Sankaracharya, Kedarnath Temple is the highest among the twelve Jyotirlingas, the temple, and surrounding complex were worst effected during the flash flood in 2013, but temporally the temple has reopened for the pilgrims however the Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi has promised to rebuild Kedarnath Temple again soon.
Badrinath Temple: Also known as Badrinarayanan Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, temple is situated in the town of Badrinath in Uttarakhand, this temple is famously known as one of the 108 Diya Desam which dedicated to Lord Vishnu who is worshiped as Birdbath, temple is located in Chamoli district of Garhwal division in Himalayan region. the head priest of the Badrinath Temple is traditionally a Brahmin chosen from Kerala, Badrinath Temple is mentioned in ancient religion like Skanda Purana and Vishnu Purana.
Maa Vaishno Devi Shrine is among the most revered Hindu Shrines of India which is located in Katra at the Trikuta hills of Jammu and Kashmir state. Mata has been manifested in the form of Pindies in the cave which are the natural rock formations. There are no idols or statues inside the cave, The Journey from Katra town to Vaishno Devi (Durbar) is 13 km, which has to be traversed by the pony, dandi or on foot. Pithus (coolies) are also available.Helicopter Service has also been operating daily from Jammu/ Katra to Shrine.
Mother Goddess has been manifested in the form of Pindies in the cave which are the natural rock formations. There are no idols or statues inside the cave. Mata Vaishno Devi has become one of the important Places to visit in Jammu It is believed that only after the call of Mata one can visit the holy Shrine Darbar of Mata. Pilgrims trek 12 Kms on feet from Ban Ganga (Katra) to holy Bhawan, when it comes to the history of Mata Vaishno Devi Holy Shrine no one was find out the exact date from when the Holy Shrine pilgrimage started, In fact, research of the Holy Cave and geological investigation has calculated that could be approximately a million years is the time frame since when the Holy pilgrimage continues, But Vedic literature gives no reference to the worship of any female deity.
Source says that the first mention of the Mother Goddess is in the epic Mahabharata at the time of Pandavas and Kaurvas armies were arrayed in the battlefield in Kurukshetra, Arjun whe was the chief warrior of Pandavas advice of Lord Shri Krishna mediated upon Mata Vaishno Devi and sought her blessing for victory, it is also believed that the Pandavas were the first to build the temples at Bhavan and Kol Kandoli in reverence and gratitude for Mata Vaishno Devi, Overlooking the Holy Cave and adjacent to the Mountain of Trikuta are five stone structures, which are believed to be the rock symbols of 5 Pandavas.
Shri Kashi Vishvanath Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva one of the most famous Hindu temples in Varanasi – Uttar Pradesh, temple situated on the banks of holy river Ganga, this temple is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, meaning of Vishvanatha is Ruler of The Universe temple has destroyed and re-constructed many times in the history, last temple was destroyed by the sixth Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, then he was constructed Masjid on its site, the present temple was built on an adjacent by Maharani Ahilyabai Holker who was a Maratha ruler in 1780, and now The Kashi Vishvanath Temple has been managed by the state government since 1983 however during the time of Shivratri the chief officiating priest will be Kashi Naresh (King of Kashi)
According to legends Varanasi was founded by Lord Shiva and it was his favorite abode. In one verse of the ancient religious text of Skanda Purana, Shiva says “The three worlds form one city of mine, and Kashi is my royal palace therein and Varanasi for different reasons, Although Varanasi is popularly called the city of Lord Shiva, it is at once the city of temples, the city of ghats the city of music, and the center for Moksha or nirvana, It is believed that three nights of fasting in Varanasi city can reap you rewards of many thousands of lifetimes of asceticism.
Varanasi is a holy city in India – also known as (Kashi and Banaras) A city of Moksha for Hindus since centuries that has seen the world turn, Varanasi which has been standing the tests of time for over 5,000 years is said to be one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world, and Varanasi is considered as one of the Best Pilgrimage places to visit in India. Varanasi is older than the history, older than the tradition, older even than the legend, Varanasi the Holy City of Light Shines brightly for Hindus both physically and metaphorically It is believed that a single dip in the holy waters of the Ganges can wash away a lifetime of sins.
Shri Somnath Temple is first among the twelve Jyotirlingas. It has a strategic location on the western coast of India, in Veraval region of Junagadh district Gujarat, The temple is built at the shore of the Arabian ocean on the western corner of the Indian subcontinent. This pilgrimage is one of the oldest and finds its reference in the ancient texts like Skandpuran, Shreemad Bhagvat, Shivpuran etc. Somnath means ‘Lord of Moon’ and the town gets its name from the Somnath Temple, It is one of the main religious Places to visit in Gujarat where millions of devotees visited here every year. It is not just the temple, but other tourist attractions like Somnath Museum, Somnath beach, and Junagadh Gate also attract visitors. The Sound and Light Show held in the temple is another attraction. The first historical temple at Somnath is believed to have been built between 320 and 500 AD, The temple was destroyed a few times during its first several centuries, In 1951, the new temple was constructed on the original grounds, next to the 18th-century construction of Holkar’s, The remains of the old temple are now preserved in a museum for public view. The Jyotirlinga was installed by the former President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, in 1950 AD. The overall look reminds one of a Solanki temple in the manner of Modhera.
Shri Dwarkadhish Temple honors “Lord Krishna” and attracts thousands of pilgrims from different parts of the country, The Dwarkadhish Temple (also known as Jagat temple) and its Sikhar rises to 170 feet. The Pataka or flag of the temple is changed three times a day. It is said that Lord Krishna spent about a hundred years in the city of Dwarka. Thereafter, Dwarka became the holy shrine for the Vaishnavas, followers of Lord Vishnu (an incarnation of Lord Krishna)
Dwarka is the legendary city, the residing place of Lord Krishna one of the religious places in Gujarat on the shore of the Arabian Sea, the extreme west coast of Gujarat (Jamnagar district) as Lord Krishna is affectionately called in Gujarat, came to Dwarka from Mathura to build his new kingdom, The importance, foundation, planning and glory of Dwaraka as the golden city is described in various Hindu epics like Mahabharata, Harivamsha, Sijupdlavadha, Bhagvad Gita, Skand Purana, Vishnu Purana and Mahabharat, It is a common belief that 5,000 years ago, Lord Krishna declared Dwarka as his capital after he left Mathura, Dwarka It is among the seven ancient cities of India.
Shri Venkateshwara Temple (Richest temple in the world in terms of donation received) this Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara an incarnation of God Vishnu, also known as Balaji, Srinivasa, and Govinda, this temple is a landmark of Vaishnavite situated Tirumala hills at Tirupati Andhra Pradesh, It said that God Vishnu who appeared here in Kali Yuga to save human from troubles, average pilgrims visit here 50K to 100K daily, (Approximately around 40 million in a year) but during the period of annual Brahmotsavam more than 500K pilgrims reach here which makes it most-visited holy place in the world, other than Brahmotsavam Vaikunda Ekadasi and Ratha Saptami also celebrated here, this temple is famously known by Tirupati Balaji Temple and Tirupati Temple.
History of Venkateshwara Temple It is believed that this temple was constructed for the first time in 300 AD by the Dravidian architecture, Shri Venkateshwara Temple is one of the eight Vishnu swayambhu kshetras and listed as last and 106th Divya Desam on earth. It follows the tradition of worship Vaikhanasha Agama, It is believed according to the legends Deity (Murti) of Lord Venkateshwara shall remain here in the temple for the entire duration of Kali Yuga. and now the temple is managing by its trust board (Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams) the estimated annual budget of pilgrims donations is INR 2530.10 Crores for the financial year 2015 – 16. you must visit Shri Venkateshwara Temple at least one in your lifetime to feel it.
Rishikesh has a spectacular view of Jungle-clad hills. Rishikesh has also a confluence of River Ganges and chandrabhaga. The glorious attraction of Rishikesh is none other than the great river the Ganges herself running rapidly throughout the city, Rishikesh is one of the Religious places in Uttarakhand and It is the gateway to the upper Garhwal region and the starting point for the Char Dham pilgrimage (Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath, and Kedarnath) and an ideal destination not only for pilgrims but also for the people who are interested in adventure, meditation, yoga and other aspects of Hinduism. River rafting is an unmatched adventure offering an adrenaline rush in the midst of gushing rapids. It is a challenging and delightful adventure activity in which a rafter navigates through a river, For Meditation Rishikesh is one of the best places in the world. In Rishikesh you have 03 amazing things like the beautiful river as Ganga, mountain range of Himalaya and Jungle of Rajaji National Park. So overall Rishikesh is full of nature.
Shri Ramanathaswamy Temple a Hindu temple dedicated to god Shiva, this temples is one of the twelve Jyotirlinga and one of the four major sites of The Char Dham “Four abodes” (Puri, Badrinath, Dwarka, and Rameshwaram) in India, It is situated on the Island of Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu, the temple was built in by Pandya Dynasty 12th century and renovated its principal shrines sanctum by Jeyaveera Cinkaiariyan, Shri RamanathaSwamy Temple has the longest corridor among all temples in India and It is one of the 274 paadal petra sthan where Tirugnana Sambandar, Appar, Sundarar, and Nayanars have glorified with their songs, legends believed that The Ramanathaswamy Temple have been established and worshiped by Rama (the seventh avtar of God Vishnu) to absolve sins which were created by Ravana during the time of Ramayana war in Srilanka.
Rameshwaram is an island situated in the Gulf of the manner of the Indian peninsula.There are many holy places of the Hindus in Rameswaram. The Agnitheertham is one such holy place. Rameshwaram Jyotirlinga represents the southernmost of the 12 Jyotirlingas of India and has been a time-honored pilgrimage center held on par with Banaras. Rameshwaram Temple Jyotirlinga is associated closely with the Ramayana and Rama’s victorious return from Sri Lanka. Ramanathaswamy temple in Rameshwaram has become one of the Top 10 Pilgrimage places to visit in India.
Lord Rama built a bridge across the sea to rescue his consort Sita from her abductor Ravana. This is also the place where Rama worshiped Lord Shiva to cleanse away the sin of killing Ravana. Both the Vaishnavites and Shaivites visit this pilgrimage which is known as the Varanasi the south. Dhanushkodi is believed to be the place where the famous bridge built by Lord Rama along with his brother Laxman and his devotee Hanuman with the floating stones known as Ram Setu is located Rameswaram. the temple is spread over an area of 15 acres and has lofty gopurams, massive walls, and a colossal Nandi. Rameswaram Jyotirlinga also boasts of a 4000 feet long pillared corridor with over 4000 pillars, supposedly the longest in the world.
Shri Harmandir Sahib, also known as the Golden Temple in Amritsar is the holiest shrine of the Sikh religion. Also known as the Shri Darbar Sahib, it is in the center of the old part of Amritsar. Golden Temple, the pride, and soul of the Sikhs, Construction of the Golden Temple began in 1574 on land donated by the Mughal emperor Akbar, The temple was completed in 1601, The temple had to be substantially rebuilt after it was sacked in the 1760s.In the early 19th century, 100 kg of gold was applied to the inverted lotus-shaped dome and decorative marble was added, The architecture of the golden temple is a blend of the Hindu and Muslim styles, Wagah Border is one of the must-visit Tourist places in Punjab around Golden Temple in Amritsar, It is the only road border crossing between India and Pakistan and located at a distance of around 30 km from the Golden Temple.
Shri Mahakaleshwar Temple is an important and scared abode of “Lord Shiva” Its difficult to say when did the Mahakala temple first come into existence, However the event may be assigned to the Prehistoric period, One of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India, the lingam at the Mahakala is believed to be swayambhu (born of itself) deriving currents of power shakti) from within itself as against the other images and lingams which are ritually established and invested with mantra-shakti. the charming and well-decorated damsels added a lot in the aesthetic “beauty” of the temple.
A contemporary Mahakala encryption testifies the fact that during the later eleventh century, and early twelfth century the Mahakala temple was rebuilt during the reign of Udayaditya and Naravarman. It was built in the Bhumja style of architecture. Bhasm aarti is one of the major attraction of the temple, The best time to visit the Mahakaleshwar Temple is during the festival of Mahashivratri that falls between the months of February and March. On this day, the temple resonates with the sacred chants of Lord Shiva. The Mahakaleshwar temple is said to be located in the ancient city of Ujjain, a well-known pilgrimage center in Madhya Pradesh.
Maa Kamakhya Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to mother goddess Kamakhya, located on the Nilachal Hills in Guwahati city in Assam, It is one of the 51 Shakti Pithas, in temple’s main complex 10 separated temples are there dedicated to them Mahavidyas namely Kali, Bhairavi, Bhuvaneshwari, Bagalamukti, Tara, Chhinnamasta, Dhumavati, Matangi Sodashi and Kamalatmika. among these Maa Kamala, Tripurasundari and Matangi reside in the main temple and other seven reside in individual temple.
Ambubachi Mela celebrated every year when Maa Kamakhya the mother of Shakti goes through her annual cycle of menstruation, during this period it is also believed that monsoon creative and nurturing power of menses of Mother Earth becomes accessible to devotees at this site during the festival.
The doors of Maa Kamakhya Temple remain closed for three days during the time of menses of Goddess Kamakhya, also routine worship and other important performance of religious will be stopped the time of Ambubachi Mela, because it is believed that Mother Earth will become unclean for three days, after completion of three days and once after Goddess Kamakhya is bathed and other rituals are executed then it is believed that the Mother Earth has retrieved her purity, then the doors of the Kamakhya Temple will be re opened on the fourth day and all devotees of the goddess will be allowed for worshiping Goddess Kamakhya. Ambubachi Mela is celebrated every year during the time of monsoon season which happens in the mid of June and Millions of pilgrims are visiting at Ambubachi Mela in Guwahati from around the nation.