With the doors of Shri Kedarnath Mandir being fully open to the public on 9 May, the legendary CharDham yatra has begun with the ever-enthusiastic devotees chanting the hymns of the Vedas and mantryas while entering the temple. We are happy to announce that Sumeru Holidays has opened the doors for devotees to go on a CharDham Yatra with them.
CharDham yatra, in simple terms means and conveys the presence of four sacred abodes and has gained a great amount of significance in Hindu religion. CharDham yatra was originally established by Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century AD.
CharDham yatra of Garhwal Himalayas, Uttarakhand, possesses four sacred sites, namely – Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamnotri and circuits for six long months.
This six-month-long CharDham Yatra, begins from the very auspicious occasion of Akshay Tritiya.
The land of Uttarakhand is also known as Dev Bhumi, ‘Land of Gods’, because of the various tales of divine beings finding its permanent home in the ever flowing rivers, river confluences, shrines, rocks, caves and, most importantly, in people’s faith. Going on a visit to these four sacred places would surely take you through the most scenic and beautiful landscape involving dense mountain forests, meadows, large picturesque valleys, glimmering waterfalls, river confluences and rich variety of flora.
With plentiful of nature’s presence in every nook and corner of Uttarakhand, pilgrimage in Himalayas becomes more rejuvenating and spiritually uplifting. The amazing valleys of the Great Himalayas proudly reflect thousands years old legends and history by beholding these sacred shrines at different districts namely Uttarkashi, Chamoli and Rudraprayag on the splendid Garhwal hills.
Hindus for long have believed that the ultimate religious goal of an individual in his course of life is to attain moksha and become closer or part the ultimate being, the God. And they believe that one such way to attain moksha other than doing good deeds is to visit the “CharDhams” or “four abodes” and become one with God. The pilgrimage to these four important sites not only washes away all the sins but frees one from the recycle of birth.
This Yatra thus attracts lakhs of devotees from all over the world, every year. The pilgrimage commences from Yamunotri and meanders through Gangotri, Kedarnath before concluding in Badrinath.
Let’s get into a little detail of the CharDham Yatra.
There are said to be three major sects in Hinduism, that are:
- The CharDham of India, hence, consists of three Vishnava locations namely the Dwarka, Badrinath and Puri, and just one Shaiva location, Rameshwaram.
- Hindu pilgrimage during thie CharDham Yatra, circuits around Indian Himalayas and represents all the primary cults by having two Shakta sites namely the Yamunotri and Gangotri, out of which one is a Vaishnava site which is Badrinath, and one is a Shaiva site, being, Kedarnath. It is believed that Adi Shankaracharya, who has been credited with the creation of the four holiest abodes in India, attained freedom from his bodily form in Kedarnath.
- Along with this, these four pious spots of Garhwal Himalayas have been mentioned in many great Hindu texts such as Vedas and Puranas and assume a very important position in Hindu religion.
- The temples of Chota CharDham are located in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. Yamunotri and Gangotri are located in Uttarkashi district, Kedarnath is in Rudraprayag district and Badrinath is in Chamoli district.
- This glorified expedition of the CharDham starts from Haridwar which is the perfect gateway to God and can be reached to Uttarkashi for Gangotri and Yamunotri shrine and be completed at Chamoli by visiting the Badrinath Temple.
Best Time to Visit
- The best time to go on a CharDham is between May and June which is also the peak period.
- Apart from these months, it can also be visited any time between the months of April and November.
- One should always remember that the monsoon season is not the best time to go on this yatra as long uphill treks and walks on the banks of the rivers can be dangerous.
- Sumeru Holidays for the devotee’s comfort and wish can arrange visits to the Chardhams individually.