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Himachal Pradesh is also known as Dev Bhoomi.There are more than 3000 Temples in Himachal Pradesh scattered across the length and breadth of the state.Himachal Pradesh is known for its natural beauty, hill stations and tourism places in India.The Himachal Pradesh Pilgrimages offer the tourists with a wide arena of religious places that are equally known for their natural and scenic beauty. The picturesque land of Himachal Pradesh houses numerous Temples, Gurdwaras and Buddhists Monasteries that draw devotees from all over the world. Almost all the religious monuments are famous for their rich architecture, which displays the artistic ability and creative imagination of the ancient times. One of the most beautiful place of India, Himachal Pradesh is famous for its rich historical, religious and cultural past. The Himachal Pradesh Pilgrimages only attests to the glorious religious past of the state. Keeping in mind the secular nature of our country, the state of Himachal Pradesh provides the tourist with numerous religious shrines that fills the devotees with an intense sense of pleasure and devotion.Most of the religious places of different religions have a mystical past that adds to the enigma of the sacred places of Himachal Pradesh. Devotees flock to the Temples, Gurdwaras and Monasteries in order to seek divine blessings and eternal happiness.
About Char Dham Yatra
After the snow clears at the foothills of the Himalayas in late April, Hindu pilgrims start flocking to the four ancient temples known as Char Dham. Located high up in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, these temples mark the spiritual source of four holy rivers: the Yamuna (at Yamunotri), the Ganges (at Gangotri), the Mandakini (at Kedarnath), and the Alaknanda (at Badrinath).
Hindus consider visiting the Char Dham to be very auspicious. Not only is it believed to wash away all sins, it will also ensure release from the cycle of birth and death. There are a number of options for going on a Char Dham yatra (journey).
Time of Char Dham Yatra
The Char Dham are only open at certain times of the year from May-November. May-June is the peak pilgrimage period. The monsoon season (July-September) can quite dangerous as the rain makes the route slippery.
How to Reach
A Char Dham yatra isn't easy. Pilgrims really need to earn the benefits bestowed, as only two of the temples (Badrinath and Gangotri) are accessible by vehicle. The remaining two (Yamunotri and Kedarnath) require treks. Kedarnath has the lengthiest trek.
Badrinath and Gangotri -- are both directly reachable by road from Haridwar, Rishikesh, Kotdwar, and Dehradun.
Yamunotri -- the trek starts from Janki Chatti, 225 kilometers from Rishikesh.
Kedarnath -- the trek starts from Gaurikund, 207 kilometers from Rishikesh.
About Badrinath Dhaam
Ensconced amidst the Nar and Narayan mountain ranges, Badrinath is the culmination point of the Char Dham Yatra in Uttarakhand. Located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, this pilgrim town, set in the backdrop of Neelkanth mountain peak, is bestowed with pristine natural beauty. The term Badrinath literally means Badri + Nath (lord of the berries). It is believed that Lord Vishnu meditated at this place for around 1,000 years and at that time this place abounds with wild berries.
Badrinath is the oldest and one of the most revered pilgrimage destination in India. The shrine was reconstructed by Adi Sankracharya in the 8th century. The main shrine of Lord Vishnu is named as Vishal Badri which along with Bhavishya Badri, Yogdhyan Badri, Bridha Badri and Adi Badri, came to be known as Panch Badri.
The Shrine of Lord Badrinath is divided into three segments- ‘Garbha Griha’, ‘Darshan Mandap’ and ‘Sabha Mandap’. The main idol of Lord Vishnu in the Badrinath temple is made up of black stone and is the center of attraction there. One must visit Tapt Kund in Badrinath. Here devotees take a dip in the hot natural springs which is said to have medicinal properties. Other popular destinations in and around Badrinath are Neelkanth temple, Mata Murti Temple and Hemkund Sahib.
About Kedarnath Dham
Situated at an altitude of 3584 meters amidst the Garhwal Himalayas, Kedarnath, in the state of Uttarakhand, commands immense reverence as a pilgrim destination. This religious town is located in the Garhwal region and creates a scenic ambience with the snow clad mountain peaks, alpine forests and colorful rhodendrons.
The famous Kedarnath temple is dedicated to the trinity god Shiva and is listed as one of the twelve jyotirlingas dedicated to him. There is an ancient legend about this place related to Pandavas- the heroes of Mahabharata war. It is believed that Lord Shiva disguised himself as a bull to hide from the Pandavas. On being noticed, he dug himself into the ground leaving behind his bulge on the surface. The second eldest Pandava ‘Bhima’ engaged in a tug war with the bull which lead to the dislocation of the bull’s head and body. A shivlinga grown out of the remaining part and came to be known as Kedarnath.
The Kedarnath temple opens on Akshaya Tritiya (April 1st week) and close down on Bhai Duj (November 1st week). Kedarnath together with Rudranath, Madmaheshwar, Tungnath and Kapleshwar known as Panch Kedar. There are several places of interest to see in and around Kedarnath such as Gandhi Sarovar, Gaurikund and Triyuginarayan.
Bestowed with immense natural beauty and charm, Yamunotri, situated at an altitude of 3293 meters, is a famous pilgrim destination in the state of Uttarakhand. Also known as the point of commencement for the famous Char Dham Yatra, Yamunotri neighbors the Indo-Chinese border and is enclosed by the towering mountain peaks from all sides. Legend says that Yamunotri was the abode of Sage Asit Muni in the ancient times.
The original shrine is located in the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayas, much below the original source of river Yamuna, nestled atop a flank of Bandar Poonch Parvat. The town is famous for its hot thermal springs, glaciers and the main temple dedicated to the river goddess. As per Hindu Mythology, Yamuna is the daughter of the sun god and the sister of Yama, the lord of death and therefore a dip in this holy river will secure you from dying a painless death.
Apart from being a revered pilgrimage destination, Yamunotri is a picturesque destination encompassed by lush meadows, awesome shrubs and gushing rivers. The trek on the imposing walkways alongside the gushing waves and the breathtaking views of craggy peaks and dense forests will surely leave you mesmerized. It is also a great destination for wildlife aficionados.
The second destination of the Char Dham Yatra, Gangotri, situated in Uttarkashi, is associated with the river goddess Ganga. Ganga flows here in the name of Bhagirathi and there is a legendary story behind that. Legend says that King Bhagirath of Ikshvaku dynasty performed arduous penance to please river Ganga who has the power to liberate the souls of his forefathers. In order to eliminate the destructive impact of her fall, Lord Shiva opened his matted locks and captured the flow of Ganga. Since then Ganga is also named as Bhagirathi.
The present day temple dedicated to the river goddess was built by a Gorkha commander in the early 18th century. Perched atop a height of 3042 meters, Gangotri temple echoes with the religious hymns at the time of the Aarti ceremony performed by the pujaris of the Semwal family. The originating source of river Ganga is the Gangotri glacier and also known as Bhagirathi. After passing Devprayag and meeting with the river Alaknanda, it picks up the name of Ganga.
The imposing mountain peaks covering the town and the immaculate water of the Ganges flowing in the vicinity add to the sacredness of the place. Only vegetarian food is available in the local food joints or dhabas. Non-vegetarian food is strictly prohibited.
Kailash Mansarovar Yatra
When it comes to Hindu devotees, Mount Kailash has a huge significance as it is considered as a supreme abode of Lord Shiva. It is situated at a height of 19,000 feet, in the Gangdise mountains of the Himalayas in Tibet. Every year in the months of May and June, various pilgrims undertake this pilgrim tour in several batches.
This particular destination is considered holy according to the mythological beliefs of different religions. For Hindus this pilgrim center is known as Kailash, Jains call it Ashtapada and the Buddhists regard it as Kang Rinpoche. There is no definite beginning of this holy place. This destination is called upon divine since the time of its discovery. The rivers like Bhramaputra, Satluj, Indus, and Karnali originate in the Kailash Mansarovar region.
The grandeur of the place attracts pilgrims from every corner of the world to pay a holy visit. The vibration of the mystic powers could be experience in the ambiance that make people amazed or fear of the supernatural power.
Vaishno Devi Yatra
Vaishno Devi temple is a holy destination for all devotees who hold divine Goddess Shakti in high esteem and believe in the power of Maa. India Pilgrim Tours is introducing Maa Vaishano Devi Package (By Road) tour to take all the devotees of Goddess Shakti to visit the pristine temple of Vaishno Devi.
The temple is situated atop theTrikuta hill at an altitude of 5200ft. and is dedicated to Mata Vaishnavi. Pilgrims come to visit this pious temple not only from India but from all corners of the world. This majestic temple is second after Tirupur Balaji temple in terms of donation received from all parts of the world. The holy cave of the temple is just 15 Kms from the base Katra. The tour provides one with sufficient time to seek the divine at Darbar.
Jaganath Puri Yatra
Puri, also known as Jagannath Puri, one of the holy cities of Char Dham of Hindus and thus one of the most sacred places, is situated in Orissa, on the coast of Bay of Bengal. Being one of the best beaches for swimming, it is also a famous beach resort. The most temple of Jagannath Puri was built in the 11th century.
In Puranas, Puri has many names It is mentioned in Puranas as Srikshetra, Shankhakshetra, Neelachala, Neeladri, Purusottama Dhama, Purusottama Kshetra, Purusottama Puri and Jagannath Puri.
Major attraction in Puri is the annual Rath Yatra that is Festival of Chariots . mainly held in the month of July, during this time, the three deities of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra are brought out of the temple, and are placed on a chariot in a procession.
The other famous local attractions are Gundicha Ghar, Chilka Lake, Chila Wildlife Sanctuary, Atharnala Bridge, Sudarshan workshop and so on.
Vrindavan, situated in the state of Uttar Pradesh also known as Brindavan has nearly hundreds of temples devoted to Lord Krishna and Radha. This is the place where Krishna has spent his childhood days and thus, there are a number of sites which have been preserved in the form of memories as places where he used to do all his playful tricks. These temples are sprkinled all around the town, on your visit, a must visit place is the Banke Bihari temple and Iskon temple, which are visited not only by local tourist and foreign tourist as well in large numbers.
Some of the other major local attractions are Madan Mohal temple, Garud Govind temple, Radha Vallabh temple, Jaipur temple, Sri Radha Raman temple, Sri Krishna Balaram temple, Radha Damodar Mandir, Sri Sri Radha Govind temple and so on.
Along with some most holy centers of worship, there are a number of Ashrams, laden by various modern-day amenities built by several Saints who are followers of Lord Krishna.
Madurai in Tamil Nadu, is situated on the banks of river Vaigai and attracts a large number of both local as well as foreign tourists. The other names of this city areKoodal, Naanmadakoodal and Thirualavai. This town is an essential educational and industrial hub of the state where it is placed. It was believed to be the city of Pandva rulers in the past.
On your visit to the city, you can go on sightseeing of some historical monuments, whose prominent parts are Tirumalai Nayak Palce and the Meenakshi Amman Temple. Many festivals are celebrated in this city with equal fervor. The most important one is the yearly 10-day Meenaskhi Tirukalyanam also called Chittirai festival wherein every year around millions of devotees flock the city.
Another thing about which Madurai is famous for us Jallikattu, the annual bull taming event which is organized on the Thai Pongal festival. Apart from this, there are various other temples also.
The 12 Jyotirlinga Shrines of Shiva
The Dwadasa Jyotirlinga shrines or the 12 shrines enshrining Shiva in the form of a Jyotirlingam, have been held in reverence since time immemorial in the Indian system of beliefs. The southernmost of these is located at Rameswaram, while the northernmost is located in the snowy heights of the Himalayas at Kedarnath. These temples are closely linked with legends from the puranas and are rich in history and tradition.
Somnath is the foremost of the 12 Jyotirlinga Shrines of Shiva, held in reverence throughout India and is rich in legend, traditions and history. It is located at Prabhas Patan in Saurashtra in Gujarat.
Sree Sailam - Sree Sailam near Kurnool enshrines Mallikarjuna in an ancient temple rich in architectural and sculptural wealth. Aadi Sankaracharya composed his Sivanandalahiri here.
Ujjain - Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga shrine The ancient and historic city of Ujjain or Avanti in Madhya Pradesh is home to the Jyotirlinga shrine of Mahakaleshwar.
Omkareshwar: an island in the course of the river Narmada in Madhya Pradesh is home to the Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga shrine and the Amareshwar temple.
Kedarnath - the Northernmost of the Jyotirlingas. Kedarnath, nestled in the snow clad Himalayas is an ancient shrine rich in legend and tradition. It is accessible only on foot, six months in a year.
Bhimashankar - Jyotirlinga Shrine is associated with the legend of Shiva destroying the demon Tripurasura. Bhimashankar is located in the Sahyadri hills of Maharashtra, accessed from Pune.
Varanasi - The most celebrated pilgrimage site in India The Vishwanath temple in Benares in Uttar Pradesh is the goal of the thousands of pilgrims that visit this ancient city. The Vishwanath shrine is revered as one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva.
Tryambakeshwar - The origin of the river Godavari is intimately linked with this Jyotirlinga shrine near Nasik in Maharashtra.
Vaidyanath temple at Deogarh The ancient pilgrimage town of Deogarh in the Santal Parganas area of Bihar is revered as one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Shiva.
Nageshwar near Dwarka in Gujarat is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva.
Rameswaram: This vast temple in the island of Rameswaram, in Southern Tamilnadu enshrines Ramalingeswarar, and is revered as the southernmost of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines of India.
Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Shrine is a temple located in the vicinity of the tourist town of Ellora, which has several rock cut monuments from the 1st millennium CE.