4 Dham of India

The Char Dham of India

The Char Dham are holiest sacred sites for the pilgrims. It is an ancient belief that whoever visits the four pilgrim sites will get salvation due to the blessings of the deities of the Char Dham. Each pilgrimage site has a story to tell and visiting them will make you feel peaceful and calm. The Char Dham title was given by Shri Adi Shankaracharya to the four temples.

Badrinath, Chamoli, Uttarakhand

Badrinath, Chamoli, Uttarakhand
Badrinath, Chamoli, Uttarakhand

Badrinath is the temple of Lord Vishnu that is situated in the vicinity of the two divine mountains named Nar and Narayan in Chamoli district. 

According to legends, Lord Vishnu came here for meditation and to protect him from Sun and other calamities of nature, His wife Laxmi took a form of a berry tree so as to provide him shade. 

The temple is surrounded by beautiful landscapes and has sacred Alaknanda River.

The best months to visit the temple are from May to October. 

Ramanathaswamy Temple, ‎Ramanathapuram, Tamil Nadu

Ramanathaswamy Temple, ‎Ramanathapuram, Tamil Nadu
Ramanathaswamy Temple, ‎Ramanathapuram, Tamil Nadu

The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is located on a stunning island of Rameswaram. 

There are two Shiva Linga in the temple. One linga was made out of the sand by Goddess Sita and the other one was brought from Kailash by Lord Hanuman.

The temple has mesmerizing corridors, giant towers, and a magnificent 36 Theertham. According to Hindu mythologies, Theertham is sacred water having many medicinal properties.

The temple has stunning 1212 pillars in the outer corridor that will make your eyes mesmerize.

The best months to visit the temple are from October to April. 

Dwarkadhish Temple, Dwarka, Gujarat

Dwarkadhish Temple, Dwarka, Gujarat
Dwarkadhish Temple, Dwarka, Gujarat

Dwarkadhish temple is also called as “Trilok Sundar”- meaning, the most gorgeous in all the three worlds.

According to the legends, the temple was built some 2500 years ago. Vajranabh was the great-grandson of Lord Krishna who dedicated the temple to The King of Dwarka.- “Shri Krishna.”

The temple looks like it has arisen from the depth of the Arabian sea and is touching the sky.

The temple is made of limestones and has two gateways known as “Swarg Dwar”- meaning gate of the heavens and “Moksha Dwar”-meaning gate of liberation.

The best months to visit the temple are from October to March. 

Jagannath Temple, Puri, Odisha

The term Jagannath means ‘Lord of the Universe’ and the temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. 

The temple is located in Puri, Odisha and the Rath Yatra festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm here.

The deity is made of wood. And after every twelve years, the deity gets replaced by a new wooden idol.

There are four wonderful gates to the temple known as the Lions Gate, the Elephant Gate, the Horse Gate, and the Khanja Gate. Temple has a flag on top of it which flies in the opposite direction of the wind. The flying of the flag will make you wonder about the mysteries of the world.

Whenever you will visit the temple you will not see any shadow of the temple. This is an amazing architectural style of the temple.  

The best months to visit the temple are from October to April.