Chota Char Dham in Uttarakhand
The Indian State of Uttarakhand has many Hindu religious sites and most of these are deemed as a site for achieving salvation. Hence, people embark on religious journeys or ‘Yatras’. The Chota Char Dham is a circuit of four divine temples scattered in the Garhwali Himalayan Range. Many devotees go on this pilgrimage every year in search of their belief. The Chota Char Dham constitutes of the Badrinath Temple, the Kedarnath Temple, the Gangotri Temple and the Yamunotri Temple. The Badrinath temple is the seat of Lord Vishnu. It is located near Joshimath and was built by Adi Shankaracharya. Another temple built by Adi Shankaracharya is the Kedarnath Shrine. This humble abode of Lord Shiva is in the vicinity of the Guptakashi Town in the Rudraprayag District. The Gangotri Temple is in Uttarkashi District and is only a trekking distance away from the Gangotri Glacier, the source of Bhagirathi River – the primal Ganges. The last of the Chota Char Dham is the Yamunotri Temple. It is situated at the base of Yamunotri Glacier – the source of Yamuna River. This tranquil town has many hot springs or ‘Kunds’. Pilgrims and tourists can make this ‘yatra’ quite amicably on wheels starting from either Hardwar or Rishikesh, in Uttarakhand.