Char Dham Yatra of Uttarakhand

The 4 Dham Yatra of Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand is blessed by the gods to have its own Char Dham. The Char Dham Yatra of Uttarakhand is as important as the Char Dham Yatra of India. The unique thing about this Yatra is that it consists of two rivers- Ganga and Yamuna. Getting blessings of Ganga will help one to attain Moksha and getting blessing of Yamuna will give one a painless death during his/her death time. The other two Dham is the Kedarnath temple and Badrinath temple. Visiting all the Char Dham will give one spirtual enlightenment. The Yatra starts from Yamunotri and ends at Badrinath.

Yamunotri – The first spot of Char Dham Yatra of Uttarakhand

Yamunotri Temple - 1st of Char Dham
Image Source Yamunotri temple

Yamunotri is located in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. It is the first destination of the Chota Chardham Yatra. Yamunotri temple is dedicated to Goddess Yamuna. This is the place of origin of river Yamuna. The temple was constructed by Maharaja Pratap Shah of Garhwal kingdom.

It is said that whoever bathes in the Yamuna river will get a painless death during his/her death time. And the reason for this is that the Yamuna is a sister of Yam. Yam is a god of death.

Yamunotri is surrounded by a mixture of greenery and snow. It also has thermal streams at Janki Chatti which is just 7 km away from Yamunotri temple.

Nearby Places

  • Surya Kund
  • Divya Shila

Best Time To Visit

April to October

These are the months when the temperature will be cosy and comfortable.

Gangotri – The second spot of Char Dham Yatra of Uttarakhand

Gangotri Temple of Ganga
Gangotri Temple

The Gangotri temple is dedicated to Goddess Ganga. It is the second destination of Chota Char Dham Yatra of Uttarakhand. The temple was constructed by general Amar Singh Thapa of the Gorkha empire  

According to legends, This was the place which was first touched by the Ganga river when she arrived from heaven. She descended from the hair of Lord Shiva. 

The Gangotri temple is surrounded by snowy mountains and beautiful greenery. It is like heaven brought by Goddess Ganga on earth when she arrived here from it.

Nearby places

  • Bhagirath Shila
  • Pandava Gufa

Best Time To Visit

April to October

These are the months when the temperature will be comfortable. It’s better not to visit in the winter months from November to February due to extreme weather conditions.

Kedarnath –  The third spot of Char Dham Yatra of Uttarakhand

Kedarnath Temple of Lord Shiva
Kedarnath Temple

The Kedarnath temple is located in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is made of grey stones and the deity is worshipped in a form of uniquely shaped lingam. Kedarnath temple is not only a part of Chota Char Dham of Uttarakhand but it is also one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. Furthermore, Kedarnath temple is also a part of 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams.

According to legends, Pandavas after the great Kurukshetra war wanted to do some penances so they came here to get all of their sins release by the blessing of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva converted into a bull and hid to test the Pandavas. When the Pandavas tried to catch the bull, he has torn himself into 5 pieces. All the 5 pieces were gone on to different places with hump appearing herein Kedarnath. The Pandavas then built temples for the pieces and thus they got free from their sins.

Besides Lord Shiva, there are statues of personalities from epic Mahabharata like Lord Krishna, Panch Pandavas, and Draupadi. There is also an image of Lord Shiva’s wife Goddess Parvati. There is also a statue of Nandi in the gates of the temple. Nandi is a guard of Kailash and is also a Mount to Lord Mahadev. There is also a statue of Vibhadra who is a guard of Lord Mahadev.

Nearby Places

  • Badari-kear
  • Madhya Maheswara
  • Rudranatha
  • Tunganatha
  • Kallesvara
  • Samadhi Mandir of Adi Sankara

Best Time To Visit

April to November

These are the only months when the Kedarnath temple is open. Because in other months, the winters are so strong that it will be difficult to take take a pleasent darshan. Hence April to November is the best months to visit the temple. However, The deities are shifted to Ukhimath during the winters.  

Badrinath – The last spot of Char Dham Yatra of Uttarakhand

Badrinath Temple - last of Char Dham
Badrinath Temple

The Badrinath is not only a part of Char Dham of India but it is also a part of Chota Char Dham Yatra of Uttarakhand. Badrinath is located in the great Himalayas. It is the last destination of the Chota Char Dham Yatra. 

The word “Badri” from the name “Badrinath” means the place where berries grow a lot and according to the legends, Lord Vishnu’s wife Laxmi took a form of a berry tree so as to provide him shade. 

Badrinath is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The idol is made of black stone and it appeared magically on its own. It is also a part of 108 Divya Desams of Lord Vishnu.

Badrinath has Alaknanda River which is considered one of the source streams of Ganga waters. Badrinath is a serene place having great greenery and snowy mountains in Chamoli district.

Nearby Places

  • Tapt Kund- The waters of Tapt Kund has medicinal properties.
  • Narad Kund
  • Surya Kund

Best Time To Visit

May, November and October

May is a month of summer and hence it will have a cosy and a pleasant temperature. November and October will be the months of not much wintry. It will have a pleasant and comfortable temperature.