While you plan your Char Dham Yatra, it is a good idea to learn about the places at the outset. Char Dham literally translated into ‘four abodes’ or ‘four seats’. It refers to the four cities or pilgrimage sites in India that are venerated and worshipped by Hindus. These places are Puri, Rameswaram, Dwarka and Badrinath. Visiting these sites in one’s lifetime is considered very auspicious for the Hindus.
Puri is considered to be one of India’s oldest cities. It is located in the east, in the Indian state of Odisha, on the coastal regions of the Bay of Bengal. Here, the principal deity of the shrine is Lord Krishna, who is also called Lord Jagannatha. It is singular in that it is the only shrine where Subhadra, Lord Krishna’s sister is honoured as an equal with her brothers, namely Lord Balabhadra and Lord Jagannatha. The principal temple is about 1,000 years old. It is believed to have been constructed by Raja Tritiya Ananga Bhima Deva and Raja Choda Ganga Deva. The Ratha Yatra or the Chariot Festival is its outstanding feature.
Char Dham Yatra 2017 Packages will include a visit to this religious place, which can be found in the Gulf of Mannar at the extremity of the Indian Peninsula in the state of Tamil Nadu. Many pilgrims believe that this is the very location from where Lord Rama started to build the Ram Setu Bridge to Lanka. The principal temple of Rameswaram is the Ramanatha Swamy Temple, where Lord Shiva is the primary deity worshipped. Here, pilgrims worship the linga, considered to be the deity called Sri Ramanatha Swamy.
Found in the western coastal state of Gujarat, the city of Dwarka is located where the River Gomti meets the vast Arabian Sea. It is believed to be the ancient kingdom of Lord Krishna, and is considered one of the seven ancient religious cities of India. Here, the main temple is the Dwarkadisha Temple or the Jagat Mandir, and is believed to be located on the spot where Krishna himself built a temple over 2,500 years ago.
Situated on the Alaknanda river bank, in the lofty Garhwal Hills, Badrinath can be found in Uttarakhand between the Narayan and Nar mountain ranges. It is considered to be the most important of the Char Dham sites.
If you aren’t ready to take on the Char Dham Yatra, you can consider a Chota Char Dham, which will take you to Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. To find a great package for your yatra today, click here.