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Chota Char Dham for myriad cognizance

Arresting view of Kedarnath temple

Badrinath, July 31 (UITV) : Chota Char Dham is an important Hindu pilgrimage circuit located in the Garhwal region of the state of Uttarakhand, India. It consists of four heavenly places which are dedicated Hindu gods. Those are Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, Yamunotri, every place in this circuit is unique in its fashion. It is believed that Char Dham is the most revered sites for Hindus that have to be visited in one's lifetime.

Kedarnath, The primary deity is shiva. Kedarnath and its temple exist from the Mahabharata (Sanskrit epic of ancient India) era when the Pandavas are supposed to have pleased Lord Shiva by doing penance there. The surrounding scenery of Himalayas and green pastures make it a very attractive place for pilgrimage and trekking. During winter due to heavy snowfall, the Temple is closed and no one stays in Kedarnath.

Temple in Badrinath

Badrinath is a place sacred to Vishnu and is in the glamorous Garhwal Himalayas, on the banks of the beauteous Alaknanda River. Badrinath was reëstablished as a major pilgrimage site by Adi Shankara in the 7th century and in earlier days, pilgrims used to walk hundreds of miles to visit Badrinath temple. According to legend Shankar discovered a black stone image of Lord Badrinarayan made of Saligram(fossilized shell) stone in the Alaknanda River.

Temple of Goddess Ganga

Gangotri is a Hindu pilgrim town on the banks of the river Bhagirathi and origin of River Ganges. It is believed that Goddess Ganga descended when Lord Shiva released the mighty river from the locks of his hair. The primary deity in Gangotri is Goddess Ganga. According to Hindu mythology, Goddess Ganga took the form of a river to absolve the sins of King Bhagiratha's predecessors, following his severe penance of several centuries.


Yamunotri is a  seat of the Goddess Yamuna, there is a specialty in this place that is the presence of hot water springs gushing out from the mountain cavities, where devotees prepare rice and potatoes, tied in muslin cloth, to offer at the shrine by dipping them in these hot water springs. Surya Kund is the most important hotspring.

The one who visits this circuit would get heterogeneous experience with a historic touch.

Written by Adithya Dithu