Enjoy your visit to the temples of the Char DhamÃ‚Â YatraÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Char Dham refers to the four pilgrimage places in India being widely admired by most of the Hindus.
These four pilgrimage places are:
Badrinath, Dwarka, Jagannath Puri,and Rameshwaram.
As defined by Adi Shankaracharaya, the Char DhamÃ‚Â consists of two Vaishnavite(the followers of Vishnu-Narayan), one Shaivite(the followers of Lord Shiva), and one mixed site. Char DhamÃ‚Â pilgrimages are in the GarhwalÃ‚Â Himalayas, where Adi Shankaracharaya attained freedom from embodiment.
Ã¢â‚¬ËœChhottaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Char Dham
There is another ChardhamÃ‚Â known as Ã¢â‚¬ËœChhota, Char DhamÃ‚Â being located in the Himalayas. This dhamÃ‚Â consists of the following four sites-Yamunotri, Gangotri, KedarnathÃ‚Â and Badrinath.
YamunotriÃ‚Â and GangotriÃ‚Â represent Shaktism, KedarnathÃ‚Â represents Shaivism and Badrinath represents Vaishnavism.
History of the Char DhamÃ‚Â Yatra
Adi Shankaracharya, the great 8th Century reformer and philosopher was prominently involved in regaining the Hindu Dharma in India. He travelled throughout the Country and grouped the four sacred places as Badrinath, Dwarka, RameshwaramÃ‚Â and Jagannath Puri as the Char Dham. All these four dhams are being dedicated to the Vishnu Avatars.
The 4 Dhams-
ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the most important of the four sites of Char DhamÃ‚Â yatra. It is located in theNorthÃ‚Â Indian state of Uttarakhand, in the GharwalÃ‚Â hills, on the banks of the AlaknandaÃ‚Â River. BadrinathÃ‚Â comprises of two words-Ã‚Â BadriÃ‚Â and Nath.The word BadriÃ‚Â refers to a berry that was said to grow abundantly in the area, and nath means Lord.
2)DwarkaÃ‚Â Its located in the West, in the Indian state of Gujarat. The City derives its name from the word dvarÃ‚Â meaning door. The legendary city of Dwarka was the living place of Lord Krishna.
3)Jagannath PuriÃ‚Â is located in the East in the Indian State of Orissa. Its one of the oldest cities, situated on the coast of Bay of Bengal. It is the only shrine in India, where goddess, Subhadra, sister of Lord Krishna is worshipped along with her brothers, Lord JagannathaÃ‚Â and Lord Balabhadra. Puri is the site of the GovardhanaÃ‚Â Matha, one of the four cardinal institutions or Mathas established by Adi Shankaracharya.
4)RameshwaramÃ‚Â Its located in the South in the Indian State of Tamil Nadu. According to legends, this is the place from where Lord Rama, built a bridge Ram SetuÃ‚Â to Lanka. The major area of RameshwaramÃ‚Â is being occupied by the RamanathaÃ‚Â Swamy Temple being dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is believed that the pilgrimage to BenarasÃ‚Â is incomplete without a pilgrimage to Rameshwaram.
At ShikharÃ‚Â we can help you plan your trip for a spiritual journey so you can visit the Dhams and the Temples.