Char Dham Yatra holds a great importance among Hindu pilgrims. Weaving priceless gems like Badrinath, Dwarka, Puri and Rameswaram in a single thread of spirituality - this journey is considered to be sacred, helping humankind escape the cycle of rebirth. Millions of devotees embark on the Char Dham Yatra every year to get blessings of the almighty residing in these four sacred pilgrimages. The yatra bestows a sense of fulfilment that stays with the worshippers for a lifetime.
Lakhs of pilgrims head towards Badrinath known for the legendary Badrinath temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The town of Badrinath oozes spirituality in the air with Panch Badri temples, including Yog Dhyan Badri, Bhavishya Badri, Adi Badri and Vriddha Badri. Located in the Chamoli District of Uttarakhand, Badrinath temple rests in tranquil valley of Garhwal Himalayas. The water of Alaknanda River flowing here washes away the tired souls of the worshippers, leaving them content for life. Some of the popular festivals celebrated at the Badrinath temple include Kedar-Badri Utsav, Janam-ashtami and Mata Mruti Ka Mela. The festivals lure numerous Hindu devotees from all over the world. With thick forest, snow clad mountains and pristine ambience, Badrinath town is also popular among nature lovers.
Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the closest domestic airport, located 317 km away from the main Badrinath town. Those travelling by train can land at the Dehradun Junction. Road connectivity is also possible from nearby cities.
The Jagannath Temple of Puri is another treasure trove of the Char Dham Yatra. The temple houses idols of Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra who are worshipped here with sheer devotion. This twelve year old temple is made of wood of sacred trees. It is known for its annual Rath Yatra (the Chariot Festival) when three deities are taken on a vibrant procession by the worshippers who then place them at the Gundicha Temple for nine days.
The closest airport is Bhubaneshwar's Biju Patnaik airport, located nearly 60 kilometres from the Jagannath Temple. Puri railway station is a great option for those travelling by train. Regular bus services are also available in abundance from all major metropolises.
Situated in the beautiful island of Rameswaram, the Ramanathaswamy Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is believed that this is the place where Lord Rama worshipped Lord Shiva after coming back from Sri Lanka. The devotees worship Lord Shiva in the temple which has been represented in the form of lingam. Other two lingams placed here represent Goddess Sita and Lord Hanuman.
The nearest airport to Rameswaram is the Madurai Airport, 149 km away from the island. Those travelling by train can land at the Rameswaram railway station. Also, one can find regular buses from other major cities of India to Rameswaram.
Popularly known as Jagat mandir, the grand Dwarkadhish Temple is situated in Dwarka, Gujarat. Dedicated to Lord Krishna, the temple is believed to be raised by the grandson of Lord Krishna. The temple’s Janamashtmi festivities are world renowned when streams of pilgrims flock here to attend the Krishna Janmotsav - the festival narrating the tales of Lord Krishna.
Jamnagar airport is the closest airport of Dwarka. Taxi or bus services can be availed from the airport to the main town. Many major railway routes also connect with Dwarka. Apart from this, bus service can be availed from all the main cities of the country.
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