About Char Dham
The Char Dham yatra is a pilgrimage of four sacred places in the Garhwal region of Uttrakhand State, namely - Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri. Uttrakhand is popularly known as “Dev Bhoomi” which translates to ‘Land of Gods’. The Char Dham is the highlight amidst a plethora of spiritual attractions that lie throughout the Uttrakhand region. Sar Outdoors offers extremely affordable Char DhamYatra packages. Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath, collectively known as Char Dham; lie nestled in the higher Himalayan altitudes. Char Dham yatra offers the most picturesque pilgrimage in the world, attracting devotees and adventurers alike, from all over the world. The pilgrimage traditionally commences in the West and concludes in the East. Thus, it starts from Yamunotri, then proceeds to Gangotri ascending higher to Kedarnath, and finally ending at Badrinath.
Char Dham Yatra was started by the great Hindu philosopher and reformer - Adi Shankaracharya; in the 8th century A.D. to revive the Hindu religion. Each of the four sites being devoted to a specific deity as well as marking itself as the spiritual source of the four sacred rivers. River Yamuna (Yamunotri), River Ganga or Ganges (Gangotri), River Mandakini (Kedarnath), and River Alaknanda (Badrinath). Yamunotri is dedicated to the Goddess Yamuna. Gangotri is dedicated to the Goddess Ganga. Kedarnath is dedicated to Lord Shiva and it is also the abode of the northernmost Jyotirlinga. Badrinath is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. All the four Char Dhams are rich with their own tales which reason the establishment of each Dham. The Char Dham is considered to be an extremely high source of spiritual power and this is what draws pilgrims from all over the world every year, to embark upon the Char Dham Yatra.
Why Char Dham?
Char Dham Yatra is considered by Hindus as an extremely sacred pilgrimage. It is believed to be a life-changing and purifies one’s Karmic circle. One is directed on the path of ‘Moksha’ or salvation when they visit the Char Dhams. The four holy shrines in Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri lie at high altitudes of the majestic Himalayas. As scenic and attractive these locations, equally challenging can the journey get. Thus, one who treads on the path of the Yatra is tested not just physically; but mentally and emotionally. It tests your faith, willpower, physical and mental strength. But a devotee who embarks on the Char Dham Yatra tends to submit to God and can sense the divine within awakening, performing the pilgrimage successfully. A seeker seeking the divine, shall reach these shrines and receive the blessings their soul craves. It is a divine experience.
The Char Dham are at challenging locations amidst the Himalayas which offer many trekking sites. Thus, they attract not only Hindu devotees but adventurers and trekkers too. You may not always have spiritual intent to perform the Char DhamYatra but it shall be a heavenly experience irrespective.