Thursday, March 10, 2011

Char Dham (Chardham) Pilgrimage - Religious Yatra in the Himalayas - Gangotri, Yamunotri

Char Dham (Chardham) Pilgrimage - Religious Yatra in the Himalayas - Gangotri, Yamunotri

The Char Dham Yatra of the Himalayan region is made up of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri & Yamunotri. Holding special significance for Hindus, these 4 pilgrimage sites are frequently visited by people of all ages and castes. Here's a look at two of them -

Gangotri: At a height of 3042 metres, lies Gangotri, the source of River Ganges (Ganga). It is situated in the Garhwal mountains in the state of Uttaranchal, India and is located on the right bank of the river Bhagirathi.

The Gangotri Temple here dates back to the 18th century and is dedicated to Goddess Ganga. It is believed that Hindu pilgrims all over the world try to visit this ancient temple, atleast once in their lifetime. Legend has it that this is the same spot where King Bhagirath worshipped Lord Shiva and where Ganga came down and touched earth. The temple stands tall at 20 ft and the structure of the temple is made of beautiful white granite. It is believed that the Gangotri Temple was first built by Mr. Amar Thapa, the Gorkha General and later rebuilt by the Maharaja of Jaipur.




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