Things to know about the Char Dham Temples of India

The 'Char Dham' pilgrimage is one of the most popular pilgramages in India.

India’s Char Dham (Famous pilgrimage destinations)

You all might have heard about the word Moksha. This is a very dear word to Hindus which means salvation. And the famed Char Dham yatra is a way to salvation according to Hinduism. It is said that if you visit these four religious destinations, you will attain salvation, also known as Moksha. Now, this pilgrimage is considered to be one of the most pious and celebrated ones. If you are someone who wants to awaken spiritually, you must know about these four important religious sites in India.

More about Char Dham

Badrinath, Dwarka, Puri, and Rameswaram are the four dhams that complete the Char Dham Yatra. These destinations hold spiritual importance, but at the same time, they are also major tourist attractions for people in India. Each destination has its charm and something entirely different to offer. Puri is a beach town in Odisha and located in the gorgeous hill town of Uttrakhand, lies Badrinath. Keep reading to know some facts about this Char Dham Yatra :

More about Badrinath Temple

Home to Lord Vishnu, Badrinath is a holy town where Badrinath Temple is situated. The temple is usually open for a limited period of time. This period ranges from the last week of April to the first week of November. Vishnu Purana is an ancient text where you will find the mention of this ancient temple. The temple is located in the Garhwal hills of Uttarakhand. The main shrine area inside the temple is a place where the shaligram deity of Lord Badrinarayana can be seen.

The origin story of Badrinath Temple

According to the legends, Lord Vishnu used to sit at this spot for meditation, perfectly unaware of the cold weather. Seeing this, Goddess Lakshmi, the wife of Lord Vishnu protected him like a tree, named Badri. After this, Lord Vishnu named this place Badrika Ashram.

Puri Jagannath Temple

This temple, home to Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra, and Subhadra is one of the most important Hindu temples in the country. Also, this is the third dham among the four dhams. This temple is majorly dedicated to Lord Jagannath who is a form of Lord Krishna. As mentioned in the stories of the legends, this temple was initially commissioned by

King Indradyumna.

Puri Rath Yatra

This is a pretty famous Rath Yatra that is celebrated as a great customary festival. And this temple, connected to the yatra gains even more popularity due to this Yatra. Even today, if you’re not a Hindu, you will not be allowed to enter the temple. So if we simplify the yatra, a total of three splendid-looking chariots are constructed for the occasion during which three deities sit and travel around in them.

Dwarkadhish Temple

The second dham is known as Dwarkadhish Temple. This temple lies in Dwarka, Gujrat. This temple is also known by another name, Jagat Mandir. It is also dedicated to Lord Krishna. According to the legendary stories, Dwarka was built by Krishna himself and therefore, this temple goes back centuries. The temple is built atop 72 pillars, with five stories of height. Also, the temple that sits beside the Gomti river is famous for being a location where Meera Bai combined with lord Krishna that resides in the temple.

Rameshwaram Temple

This gorgeous temple, situated in the state of Tamil Nadu is dedicated to Shiva, the god of gods. The special part is that this temple is not just a part of char dham but it is also one of the 12 Jyotirlinga temples. Lord Shiva is not worshipped as an idol here but in a form of Lingam. This legendary temple has a total of 64 sacred water bodies around it and bathing here is considered very pious.

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