Char Dham Yatra


In the four corners across the span of  India stands the four divine abodes of Hindu Gods, the quadrilateral holiness that constitute the Char Dham. It comprises of Badrinath Temple at Badrinath in the north, Jagannath Temple at Puri in the east, Dwarakadhish Temple at Dwarka in the west and Ramanathaswamy Temple at Rameswaram in the South. The Char Dham, whose origin is attributed to Adi Shankaracharya consists of two Vaishnavite, one Shaivite and one mixed pilgrimage. The pilgrimage to these holy sanctuaries is considered one of the sacred journeys to embark on. The yatra traditionally starts at the eastern end from Puri and proceeds in the clockwise direction.

Legend

Adi Shankara was one of the leading proponents and philosophers of Hinduism. He traveled along the stretch of the country inspiring people with his convictions and beliefs. With the aim of continuing his teachings as well as propagating his doctrines, he established four monasteries in the four corners of the country. Shankara taught that from these four points, the soul could escape the cycle of rebirth and attain 'moksha'. Over the years, this course progressed into a pilgrimage route.

Deity - Temples

Deity :- Lord Shiva

Temples Covered:-

Badarinath Temple
Puri Jagannath Temple
Rameswaram Ramanathaswamy Temple
Dwarkadhish Temple Jagat Mandir

Purpose

Visiting the four pilgrimage sites is considered highly sacred and a way to attain moksha or salvation. Hindus complete this Yatra in staunch belief that it would wash away their sins and guide in their journey to find redemption.

Who can go?

The pilgrimage is usually an all Hindu affair. Anyone with good physical fitness and right will can do the yatra. Because of the tiring nature of the journey young children, aged people with serious ailments are advised to avoid the trip.

Yatra Preparations

While Puri, Dwaraka and Rameshwaram are on the low lying areas near the sea, Badrinath shrine is located at a height of 3133 mts above sea level where the passage can get tedious. It is advisable to get a thorough physical check up before the journey. It is recommended to improve your fitness with regular exercise. Get regular weather updates as the climate in the Himalayas can change drastically. It is suggested to have a BSNL number as these work even in the higher altitudes.

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Area Covered

Uttarakhand, Orissa, Tami Nadu, Gujarat
Language spoken :- Hindi, Oriya, Tamil, Gujarati

Auspicious Days

Each of these sites have special festivals associated with the deity of worship in the place. Rathayatra at Puri, Shivratri at Rameshwaram, Janmashtami at Dwaraka are some of the major festivals of these temples. Badrinath temple closes after Vijayadashami and will be opened only in summer.

Any contact numbers?

Badrinath Temple office - +91 1364222204+91 1364222204, +91 1364222205+91 1364222205, +91 1364222206+91 1364222206  
Puri Temple office - +91 6752222002+91 6752222002   
Dwaraka Temple office-  +91 2892234080+91 2892234080   
Rameshwaram Temple office - +91 4573221223+91 4573221223



Best time to Travel

While Puri, Dwaraka and Rameshwaram can be visited anytime of the year, the best time for visiting Badrinath is May to June, and September to October.
For the Char Dham Yatra, months of September and October are recommended since it avoids the summer of the coasts as well as the winter of the mountain terrain.
It is prudent to avoid the monsoon season.

Duration

16-18 days

Travel Method

Travel will be by flight or trains to the nearest city and then by bus.

Crowd Expected

The road to Badrinath can get quite crowded and a very large number of people throng the temple during the peak season.

Festivals

Each of these sites have special festivals associated with the deity of worship in the place. Rathayatra at Puri, Shivratri at Rameshwaram, Janmashtami at Dwaraka are some of the major festivals of these temples. Badrinath temple closes after Vijayadashami and will be opened only in summer.

Must Haves

This Yatra passes through drastically different terrains of India and hence will have completely contrasting conditions. While light cotton clothing is recommended for the shrines in the coastal areas, in the higher altitudes of Badrinath woollens will be needed. Make sure you have the needed medications to aid in the rugged Himalayan terrain. Dehydration salt packets, light snacks, sunscreen, first aid kit, general medications like antibiotics, antiseptic creams etc should be carried in the daypack.

Health Awarness

The Yatra literally covers the length and breadth of the country and hence can get exhausting especially on the higher altitudes of Badrinath. Those having altitude sickness, fear of heights etc should consult a doctor before undertaking the trip. Those suffering from cardiac ailments, asthma etc should make sure to have proper treatments before heading for the trip.

Additional Info

During the course of the pilgrimage it is prohibited to take non vegetarian food or alcohol.
Oxygen mask for emergency will be available with tour organisers.
The roads to Badrinath, though it has improved over years, might get closed in case of hostile weather. Hence the pilgrims are advised to be flexible with the dates while planning the trip.

Climate

The climate varies from one part of the country to another. The coastal regions have hot summers with temperatures in the high thirties, while Badrinath has pleasant summers. June-Aug is the monsoon season and witnesses heavy rainfall. Sept-Nov is the ideal time to travel with the temperatures cooling down in the coasts. However, the temperatures tend to go below 10 degree Celsius in Badrinath as the winter approaches.

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