Chardham Yatra Of Uttarakhand
Uttarakhand is known for being the “Devbhoomi” which means ‘Land Of Gods’ because it has large number of holy pilgrimages. One of the most important and must visit destinations for Hindus is the Chardham Yatra. The Chota Chardham Yatra is located in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand . Indians are very particular about their religion and culture so they consider visiting temples as their primary duty. Hindus believe that one must visit the Chardham Yatra of Uttarakhand at least for one time in his or her entire life. And once they do then they can die in peace, this is what Hindus believe.
The Chardham yatra of Uttarakhand consists of the four holy temples dedicated to various Gods and Goddesses. The four holy shrines are Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. You will be amazed when you will get to know about the mythical stories of these sacred temples. It is not mandatory that only Hindus can visit the Chardham yatra. Anyone who is willing to go and and visit the four holy shrines can do this Yatra. Tourists from all across the world come India to visit the Chardham Yatra. Chardham Yatra offers its tourists to experience the holy places of various God and Goddesses and also the magnificent view of the Garhwal Himalayas.
Kedarnath temple is located in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand state. This holy temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is believed that when Pandavas were searching for Lord Shiva in Kailash to absolve themselves from their sins, he didn’t wanted to face them. So, Lord Shiva tried to escape from Pandavas, he disguised himself as a buffalo. Pandavas discovered that the unique looking buffalo is nobody else but Lord Shiva. Buffalo buried his face in the ground’s surface pandavas tried pulling him out. While pulling him out the head of the buffalo went straight to Nepal and the body remained there only. Lord Shiva was then impressed and allowed them to worship him there in Kailash.
Badrinath temple is another dham which is located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. According to some legends in earlier times Badrinath was a Bhuddhist temple and then later Adi Shankara converted it into a Hindu temple. It is believed that Lord Vishnu has once meditated here away from Thuling which was inhabited by flesh eating monks. His wife Lakshmi protected him while he was meditating in the form of a tree named ‘Badri’. She protected his husband from the scorching sun and freezing cold winds until Lord Vishnu completed his meditation.
Gangotri temple is located in the Uttarkashi district of Uttrakhand state. It is the origin of the holy River Ganga. This temple of Gangotri is dedicated to Goddess Ganga. Legends say that Gangotri is the place where River Ganga descended on earth from the hairlocks of Lord Shiva. King Bhagiratha plead to lord Shiva to absolve the sins of his predecessors. As they had destroyed the Ashram of sage Kapil because of a misunderstanding. In anger sage Kapil cursed them and they died there at the moment. Then Goddess Ganga took a form of a river to wash off the sins of King Bhagiratha’s ancestors.
Yamunotri is also located in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarkhand. It is the origin of the holy River Yamuna. Holy temple of Yamunotri is dedicated to Goddess Yamuna. According to legends it is believed that sage Asit Muni who used to live here daily visited to Gangotri for bathing. But when he turned old and was not able to visit Gangotri to take a bath due to his age problem. Then one day a miracle happened. A stream of River Ganga appeared on the opposite of Yamunotri so that the sage could continue his bathing ritual.
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