Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Chardham Yatra Hindu Pilgrimage in Himalayas - Badrinath, Kedarnath

Chardham Yatra Hindu Pilgrimage in Himalayas - Badrinath, Kedarnath

Char Dham (four pilgrimage centres of India) are considered to be four of the holiest abodes for all Hindus. In fact, Hindus all over the world believe that a visit to the Char Dham atleast once in a lifetime is an absolute must to cleanse the body of all bad Karma.

Hindu Pilgrimage Centres: The Chardham, sometimes referred to as the Chota Char Dham located in the mighty Himalayas include Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri & Yamunotri. Well connected by air, rail and road, each of these holy sites has their own special significance and faith associated with them.

Let’s take a look at each one of them -

Badrinath: Situated in the state of Uttarakhand, India, on the right bank of the Alaknanda river, at a height of 3133 metres above sea level, Badrinath is a holy religious centre also known as Lord Vishnu’s abode. Located in the Garhwal hills, Badrinath is a picturesque spot what with the majestic hills and the meandering river.

It is believed that at one point of time, this region was abundant with wild berries (badris) that grew all over the place. The term "nath" refers to Lord Vishnu who is worshipped here. Originally built by Adi Guru Shankaracharya, almost two centuries ago, the Garhwal ruler rebuilt the Badrinath Shrine, that houses an idol of Lord Vishnu in black stone. Till date, people of all ages and castes visit Badrinath with complete faith and humility.

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