Complete Guide of Chardham Yatra 2020– Nestled in the high Garhwali Himalayas sit some of the holiest shrines in the Hindu religion – Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath. These temples mark the spiritual sources of four holy rivers: the Yamuna, the Ganges, the Mandakini and the Alaknanda.
Togetherly, they make up one of the most significant pilgrimage circuits in all of India, known as the Chardham. Every year, thousands of devotees come here between the months of April and November.
Travelling to one or more of these temples is a great way to get a feel for the religious pulse of the subcontinent, amid incredible alpine scenery. Since the yatra is big business, numerous buses, share jeeps, porters, ponies and palanquins are on hand for transport, along with a well-established network of guesthouses, ashrams and government rest houses.
As a result, getting to these temples is easy enough without hiring a guide or carrying supplies. Only Gangotri and Badrinath temples can be visited without having to hike.
Yamunotri is dedicated to the Goddess ‘Yamuna’ who goes along with the pilgrims to spectacular Rawai Valley. Yamunotri stands high up in the deep left on the western face of the Bandarpunch Peak at height of 3185 m. Divya Shila is the dark rock and most holy spot of Yamunotri from where the hot springs emerge.
It is believed that a dip in the holy water of the Yamuna River protects the devotee from untimely death, that could hinder one’s chances of achieving eternal emancipation.
In a remote setting at an altitude of 3042m, Gangotri Temple is one of the holiest places in India. It is dedicated to the Hinduism’s most sacred river, Ganga. It’s believed that King Bhagirath meditated here in Gangotri on a rock called Bhagirath Shila, closely to the temple.
Kedarnath is dedicated to Lord Shiva which is also a part of the Panch Kedar. It is the northern-most Jyotirlinga located very close to the holy River Mandakini source. Adi Shankaracharya is said to have attained ‘samadhi’ adjacent to the Kedarnath Temple at a very young age.
Nestled between the Nar and Narayan mountains, Badrinath is dedicated to God Vishnu which is situated on the bank of the River Alaknanda. It’s believed that Lord Vishnu meditated here while his consort Lakshmi took the form of a berry (badri) tree to offer him shade.
Hotels in Chardham Yatra
GMVN properties – You can stay at GMVN properties which are available across the chardham route. These accommodations are economical, however you must confirm the bookings in advanced. often, they offer priority bookings only to pilgrims travelling on their Chardham yatra.
Dharmshalas and lodges- There are numerous Ashrams, Dharmshalas and lodges on the chardham route. There isn’t problem of accommodation availability except during the height of the peak season. You can get a good discount in off-season, if you have good bargaining skill.
You must carry adequate woollens, including blankets, since resources can get stretched during peak season. At most facilities, you can get hot water buckets on a payment of Rs 20 per bucket.