Char Dham Yatra has a very important significance according to Hindu mythology. This year yatra has started from 3 May to October. The pilgrimage episode of Skanda Purana, Char Dham Yatra is considered very auspicious. A person gets freedom from all kinds of sins by visiting the Char Dhams. Kedarnath is the land of Lord Shiva and it is one of the Panch Kedar. Gangotri Dham is dedicated to Mata Ganga Badrinath is the holy abode of Lord Vishnu and Yamunotri to Mata Yamuna. The journey of Char Dham started on the day of Akshaya Tritiya.
The four temples involved in this yatra are Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. Here is another char Dham Yatra established by Adi Shankaracharya. This Dham is located in four different directions of the country. Badrinath in Uttarakhand in the north direction, Dwarka in Gujarat in the west, Puri in Orissa in the east and Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu in the South. The Char Dham yatra starts from Yamunotri followed by Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath in the end. As it is believed that char Dham Yatra should be done clockwise.
Importance of visiting Char Dham Yatra
Char Dham Yatra washes away your sins and opens the doors of salvation for you. It has been believed that every Hindu should visit this pilgrimage at least once in his lifetime. Every year thousands of people go and visit Char Dham Yatra. And not only Indians but foreigners come to India and visit this holy place. By visiting Char Dham people get peace and prosperity. Also, char Dham Yatra helps you to reach towards your God and almighty. And it is believed that the Char Dham Yatra takes you one step closer to your goal.
Ways to reach Kedarnath and Badrinath
There’s no direct route to reach Badrinath from Kedarnath. The total distance between the two Temple is 243 km. Also, 21 km walking track from Kedarnath to Gaurikund. And 222 km Road track from Sonprayag to Badrinath. If you want to book a helicopter service then also there’s no direct route for Badrinath. You have to visit these three places which are Guptkashi, Phata, or Sersi Helipad. Also, there is no train route from Kedarnath to Badrinath. As Kedarnath and Badrinath both are located in a hilly area and there is no railway station. People start their journey for Char Dham Yatra from Haridwar to Rishikesh followed by Deo Prayag, Tehri, Dharasu, Yamunotri, Uttarkashi, Gangotri, Gaurikund, Kedarnath, Joshimath, Badrinath respectively.
When the doors of all Dham will open?
The doors of Gangotri has been opened at 11.15 and Yamnotri Dham doors were opened at 12.15. Kedarnath Dham door will be open on 6th May and Badrinath door will open on 8th May. Looking at the Covid situation the number of devotees has also been fixed. Every day 15000 devotees can visit the Badrinath, and 12000 devotees can only visit Kedarnath. In Gangotri 7000 devotees and Yamnotri, 4000 can visit. This number has been fixed for the first 45 days.
Uttarakhand Government Guidelines for visiting Char Dham Yatra
The people have to do propers registration. As it is compulsory to register on the web portal of the tourism department. This time there is no need to bring Covid negative reports or vaccination certificates to the devotees.
Distance between the Four Dhams
- Distance between Yamunotri to Gangotri by Road is 227 Kms.
The distance between Yamunotri to Gangotri by Flight is 46 Kms.
- Distance between Gangotri to Kedarnath by Road is 408 Kms.
The distance between Gangotri to Kedarnath by Flight is 31 Kms.
- Distance between Kedarnath to Badrinath by Road is 218 Kms.
The distance between Kedarnath to Badrinath by Flight is 4kms.
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