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Char Dham Yatra 2020

Char Dham Yatra 2020

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When is the best time to do Char Dham Yatra?

What things to watch for while doing Char Dham Yatra?
When does the Char Dham Yatra Start?
When does the Char Dham Yatra Ends?
Why you need to go for Char Dham Yatra?
How to register for Char Dham Yatra?
What is Biometric Registration and how it can be done?
Can Biometric Registration for Chard Dham Yatra be done online?
How to reach Char Dham Yatra from haridwar
How to travel Char Dham Yatra? How to perform Char Dham Yatra?
How many days required for Char Dham Yatra?
How to do Char Dham Yatra by bus?
Which Package is the best for Char Dham Yatra?
What is the package cost for Char Dham Yatra?

You will find answer to the above mentioned questions here on this page.

Full Char Dham Yatra
In the full Char Dham Yatra in India, these are the 4 temples that are covered:
Badrinath Temple in Badrinath, Dwarkadhish Temple in Dwarka, Jagannath Temple in Puri and Ramanathaswamy Temple in Rameswaram.

Chota Char Dham Yatra
In the Chota Char Dham Yatra in India, these 4 temples need to be visited:
Badrinath Temple in Badrinath, Kedarnath Temple in Kedarnath, Gangotri Temple and Yamunotri Temple.

Char Dham Yatra starts on the day of Akshaya Tritiya or Akha-Teej that comes usually in the month of May and Char Dham Yatra comes to an end usually 2 days after Diwali, on the day of Bhai-Dooj.

Char Dham is a Hindu's holy and spiritual pilgrimage or Yatra. Char Dham yatra starts from Gangotri in Uttrakhand and then moves to Yamunotri and then subsequently to Kedarnath and Badrinath. Each destination is dedicated to a particular god. Yamunotri is dedicated to Goddess Yamuna, Gangotri is dedicated to Goddess Ganga. Kedarnath is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Badrinath is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. This journey, which is at an altitude of 4000 meters above sea level, is not only religious-spiritual, but also a mystery-adventure journey. The sacred char dham yatra provides peace, comfort and coolness to the mind.

The Char Dham of the Himalaya starts from holy religious place of Haridwar and Rishikesh, but in our scriptures, the yatra starts from Yamunotri Dham. Goddess Yamuna is regarded as devotion. 'Kedarkhanda' of 'Skanda Purana' states that attainment of knowledge is not possible without devotion. Therefore, it is necessary to visit Gangotri Dham only after the Yamunotri, because the Goddess Ganga is the dynasty of knowledge. Knowledge takes the person to the shelter of Baba Kedar. This is the situation when there is no desire left to get anything in life. It has been said in the scriptures that this thing takes the person to the refuge of God Badri Vishal or Badrinath. Here only happiness exists.That is why Badrinath Dham is regarded as the Vaikuntha on Earth.

Traditionally, this pilgrimage tour must begin from the West and end in the East. That is why the Char Dham Yatra starts from Yamunotri, then move to Gangotri and finally to Kedarnath and Badrinath.

First place to visit is Yamunotri 

The most holy area of Yamunotri is a dark rock from where the hot springs comes, it is known as the Divya Shila. It is believed that a bath in the waters of the Yamuna River protects the devotee from untimely death.Yamunotri is known as the first stop of Chardham Yatra. Here is a beautiful temple dedicated to Goddess Yamuna and near the temple is the source of boiling water, which is the center of attraction for pilgrims.

The height of this glacier from the sea level is 4421 meters. It is mentioned in the scriptures that this sacred place was the place of worship of a sage "Asit Muni". He worshiped the Goddess Yamuna here, after which Yamunaji appeared in front of him. To reach Yamunotri Dham, six km from Janki Chatti vertical journey has to be done on foot. The Yamuna Temple situated here was built in the 19th century by Maharani Guleria of Jaipur.

Second Place to visit is Gangotri

Gangotri is the second stop in the Chardham yatra. After visiting Yamunotri, pilgrims travel to Gangotri for worship of Ganga Mata. The natural source of the Ganga is 18 km from the Gomukh Glacier Gangotri. Distance from Yamunotri to Gangotri road is 219 kilometers whereas Gangotri distance from Rishikesh is 265 km. It is believed that King Bhagirath meditated here in Gangotri on a rock called Bhagirath Shila, near the temple.

Third Place to visit is Kedarnath

The third stop for the Chardham Yatra is Kedarnath Dham which comes in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. Lord Shiva's 12 Jyotirlings include the Kedarnath Dham. Gaurikund distance from Rishikesh is 76 kms and one can reach Kedarnath by completing a distance of 18 kms from here. A 4-meter wide cemented road has been made between Kedarnath and Lanchalei, so that devotees can easily reach Kedarnath.

Kedarnath is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is also a part of the Panch Kedar. It is the northern-most Jyotirlinga and is close to the source of the holy River Mandakini. Adi Shankaracharya is said to have attained ‘samadhi’ at a very young age near to the Kedarnath Temple.

Fourth Place to visit is Badrinath

Buses and Cars go to Badrinath Dham, so one does not have to walk too much to reach Badrinath even after the weather is not good. Badrinath is also called Baikunth Dham. In this temple you can see the idols of Goddess Lakshmi, Kuber ji, Uddhav Ji, Garud ji, Narada ji etc. along with Lord Vishnu. To reach Badrinath, you can go from Rishikesh and then via Devprayag, Srinagar, Rudraprayag, Karnprayag, Chamoli and Govindghat.

Located between the Nar and Narayan mountains, Badrinath is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is situated on the bank of the River Alaknanda. It is believed that Lord Vishnu meditated here while his consort Lakshmi took the form of a berry (badri) tree to offer him shade.

There are many more temples that you can visit in your journey to Char Dham Yatra.

BhimPul near Badrinath - It is not a man-made but a natural bridge made of a giant rock. It is coming out over the Saraswati river. Ganesh Cave, Vyas cave etc. can also be seen here.

Joshimath - It is believed that here Adiguru Shankaracharya received knowledge. He established the first monastery in the Badrinath temple and three other monasteries in different corners of the country. In the winter season, Lord Buddinath's throne stays here.

Nrisingha temple - Nrisingha Temple is the most popular temple of Joshimath. This temple is dedicated to Lord Nrisingha or Lord Narsimha which was the fourth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. This temple is also known as Narasingh Badri or Narasimha Badri.

Bhavishya Badri Temple - This temple is situated in the middle of thick forests around Tapovan on Joshimath-Lata-Malari road in the east of Joshimath. This temple is situated in the thick forests at 2744 meters above sea level. The future Badri Temple was founded by Adi Guru Shankaracharya in the 8th century AD.

Temples near Kedarnath Temple - Vishwanath temple, Guptakashi, Madhameshwar temple, Mahakali temple, Kalimatha, Narayan temple, Tungnath temple on Kedarnath road. Apart from this, Rudraprayag, Devprayag, Kedar Marg and Karnprayag, Nandprayag and Vishnupyag get on the route of Badrinath from among 5 Prayags. Pilgrims who visit Chardham also visit these temples.

When is the best time to go for Char Dham Yatra?

The Chardham yatra starts every year in the month of April-May and ends in October-November, but the month of September is the peak season of this journey because of the heavy rains in the area between June's last week to July and August  due to which the pilgrims have to face huge troubles. September is the best time to visit Char Dham, because after the rain the entire valley is washed and fresh, greenery starts appearing all around and the natural beauty is at its full glory.

Take Care of these things while going for Char Dham Yatra

  • Not just the Chardham yatra but you should always keep your medicines with you during any trip. 
  • Apart from this, you must keep these medicines for minor troubles like stomachache, vomiting, headache, fever etc.
  • Keep warm and woolen cloths together while traveling, because the area is always cold and the cold increases at the height. 
  • Keep a good flashlight or torch as well.
  • If possible, do visit Chardham with family, friends and relatives instead of having to face difficulties because the Char Dham route is challenging.
Why you must visit or go for Char Dham Yatra?

It is believed that visiting these holy places helps achieve "Moksha" (salvation). Every Hindu must visit the Char Dhams during one's lifetime.

Biometric Registration for Char Dham Yatra

Char Dham Yatra Registration or Biometric Registration has been made compulsory for devotees by the Uttarakhand Govt. 

After the Chardham biometric registration is complete, devotees are issued biometric cards. Devotees need to register themselves at one of the many spots coming enroute the Char Dham Yatra. With the help of Biometric registration, a devotee can be tracked with a GPS based monitoring system which is good and act as a security and safety cover. 

Where You can Register for Char Dham Yatra?

The registration for CharDham Yatra 2020 can be done offline or online. There are many counters set up for pilgrims enroute to Chardham Yatra. Biometric Registration Counters are available at these places:

Char Dham Yatra Registration 2020 (Offline)

Haridwar Railway Station, Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Parking
Rishikesh Roadways Bus Stand, Hemkund Gurudwara
Janki Chatti
Uttarkashi Hina, Dobata

Char Dham Yatra Online Registration 2020

A devotee can also opt for Char Dham Yatra Online Registration, this would save time and there is no need to get stuck in long queues.The Char Dham Yatra 2020 Online Registration is super easy. You need to visit the official website for Char Dham Registration - and Register an account there. Here you would require your email, mobile number, ID proof (Aadhaar, Voter ID, PAN card, passport or driving license). You would also need to upload your photograph. Also, you must tell the actual dates when your are coming to Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath.

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