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Religious Beliefs and the Char Dham Yatra: All the Details

char dham yatra

Date: 20 Oct, 2022

Author: reshal.banbanjara

Introduction:

India is centered around spirituality. India is a country that is marked by various temples in all places. The spiritual and strong religious beliefs among the population are unbelievable. 

The temples across the country have spiritual, religious as well as dynamic significance. Some of the temples represent the most powerful dynasties of different eras.

It increases their cultural and traditional significance. These places are not only famous for their religious aspect but also due to their mesmerizing natural beauty and breathtaking scenery. It is believed that visiting these sites will grant you moksha. It is a religious belief that visiting these sites once in a lifetime has religious significance. 

Best Time for Char Dham Yatra:

The best time of the year for Char Dham Yatra is April to the first half of June. This season covers pre summers and mid-summers. The weather during this period is quite pleasant, enjoyable, and very comfortable for char Dham. 

To complete the whole char Dham yatra you need to have six days in hand. In 6 days, you can seek blessings at all four sites. And even have some time to enjoy the scenic beauty of the place you are visiting.

Religious Belief:

The Char Dham Yatra is considered to wash all the sins committed. The yatra is said to achieve moksha(salvation) for the soul in the afterlife. The spirituality and cultural heritage moving forward with the passing decades.

The Char Dham yatra was started by a saint named Shankaracharya in the 8th century. Since then it has been a very important Hindu pilgrimage site. 

It is believed that every Hindu should perform Char Dham yatra at least once in a lifetime. These places have a firm belief in Vaishnavism and Alvar traditions as these four abodes belong to lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva including their incarnation.

Sites of Char Dham Yatra:

Char Dham yatra includes visiting four temples situated in different parts of the country, all the places are full of authenticity. There are many religious stories behind the establishment of these temples. The places have ancient architectural styles and the beautiful engraving adds to the beauty of the temples. The four temples include:-

Puri:

The Jagannath Temple is a significant Hindu temple dedicated to Jagannath, a form of Vishnu – one of the trinity of supreme divinity in Hinduism, Puri is in the beautiful state of Odisha. The Jagannath temple is sacred to all Hindus, especially to those of the Vaishnava traditions. 

Dwarka:

The Dwarkadhish temple, renowned as the Jagat Mandir and occasionally spelled Dwaraka dheesh, is a Hindu temple dedicated to Krishna an incarnation of Vishnu, who is worshiped here by the name Dwarkadhish, or ‘King of Dwarka. The temple is situated at Dwarka city of Gujarat, India, which is one of the four destinations of Char Dham, a Hindu pilgrimage circuit. 

Badrinath:

Badrinarayana Temple is a Hindu religious temple dedicated to Vishnu that is situated in the town of Badrinath in Uttarakhand, India. It is one of the 108 temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu’s holy shrines established by saints of the Vaishnav tradition. The temple is situated in the Garhwal hill tracks in the Chamoli district along the banks of the Alaknanda River, one of the tributaries of the Ganga. 

Rameshwaram:

Ramanathaswamy Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the lord Shiva located on Rameswaram island in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. It is also one of the twelve Jyotirlinga temples across India. Ramanathaswamy, a form(avtar) of shiva, was established and worshiped by Rama before he crossed a self-made bridge to the present-day island of Sri Lanka.

The Yatra:

The Yatra begins at Jagannath temple of puri and then proceeds clockwise to Rameshwaram temple in Tamil Nadu to Dwarkadhish temple in Gujarat and lastly, the journey ends at Badrinath temple at Kedarnath in Uttarakhand.

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Situated in four opposite directions, the Char Dham yatra is the most significant religion. The locations even give you a chance to relish the beauty of the places you are visiting, it gives you a chance to explore.

Conclusion:

The Char Dham Yatra has religious as well as cultural significance. The journey across the four cardinal religious sites in India is considered sacred by Hindus who aspire to visit these temples once in their lifetime for spiritual gains. 

The religious significance mixed with the beliefs of the population has made these the places most significant of all. Visiting these temples is once in a lifetime experience to enjoy this exploration journey.

By reshal.banbanjara

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