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The Char Dham Yatra Significance

The Char Dham Yatra Significance

The Char Dham Yatra is a pilgrimage done by Hindus visiting four of the most sacred sites in Hinduism:

  • Badrinath in the North
  • Rameswaram in the South
  • Dwarka in the West
  • Jagannath Puri in the East

It is of major significance as it symbolises the four yugas (ages) of Hinduism, as well as the four vedas.

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Badrinath

Badrinath is a small town in the Northern state of Uttarakhand, with a population of less than 1,000. Yet for a town that size it receives over 600,000 pilgrim visitors each year.

The main attraction in the town is the Badrinath Temple, which houses an 8 foot black stone statue of Vishnu in the form of Badrinarayan. It is believed by many that this statue actually self-manifested.

The temple is regarded as a holy site as it is even mentioned in the Vishnu Purana and the Skanda Purana. It is believed that Nar-Narayan, another incarnation of Vishnu did penance there and at the time, the area was filled with plum trees, called badri.

Next to the temple there is a sulphur-based hot spring, and many believe bathing in this hot spring is medicinal and should be done on a visit to Badrinath.

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