Chardham Yatra begins in Uttarakhand
A pilgrimage town is known for its divine presence, Uttarakhand is the abode of four spiritual places- Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. As the ultimate goal for any individual in any religion or spirituality is Moksha (salvation or ultimate freedom), the chardham yatra is considered holy and Hindus believe that chardham yatra is a path to achieve the salvation.
The four pilgrimage sites of Uttarakhand, Dwaraka, Puri and Rameswaram are substantial holy places to visit. However, Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri in Uttrakhand are considered as the chota char dham and an important part of the bigger circuit. However, gaining popularity and significance, these four holy places are themselves considered as the chardham now.
Considered as important pilgrimage sites, the Hindus consider a must-visit to the chardham sites at least once in a lifetime. These four sites are the most important sites of religious visits in Northern India. The travel starts from West and ends in the East. The holy journey begins from chardham Yamunotri, proceeding to Gangotri and finally ending the yatra at chardham kedarnath and holy chardham bardinath.
While each of these blissful holy sites receive more than lakhs of visitors every year, the sites are preferred to be visited during certain seasons considering safety and security. The kedarnath chardham yatra, chardham badrinath yatra, yamunotri chardham yatra, and chardham gangotri yatra are best to be visited before monsoon, the optimum time being March-June, as rains make the travel difficult in such terrains. The mountain region causes landslides and fatal accidents with high number of death reported every year.
However, the visit to chota chardham sites has become an extremely popular destination in South East Asia and also abroad. As the holy shrines of Himalayas open their gates for devotees marking the opening of the chardham yatra, the opening celebration is enormous and widely celebrated. While devotees wait in long queues every year to visit the holy shrines, the grand opening ceremony involves celebrities and prominent figures too.
In case, you have been long planning your chardham yatra and still have been unable to visit the terrain, you can be the early bird this year. The chardham yatra 2020 will be commencing in April 2020, with yamunotri chardham yatra starting on 27 April 2020, and further gangotri chardham yatra starting on 26 April 2020. The chardham badrinath kedarnath yatra will start from 28 and 29 April 2020.
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