The Chardham yatra collectively comprises of pilgrimage to holy shrines based at Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri in the Garhwal area of Himalayas. It spans for six months period and is visited by thousands of devotees from all across the world. In 2010, owing to some low-intensity earthquakes that struck the Uttarakhand hills recently, the State government has made full security plans for the pilgrims. The whole location of the Uttarakhand Himalayas has been categorized as “Region V”, because it is prone to seismic events and thus all required steps required for the protection of pilgrims have already been taken by the officials prior to the commencement of the Char Dham Yatra.
“Rescue and relief centers have now been create in eight districts. Similar stores is going to be shortly coming up in different five districts as well. Also machines expected to carry out such relief & relief operations have already been created available to all or any our officials. All of these will give you quick aid to influenced pilgrims in case quake and other tragedy strikes the Char Dham signal in the coming six months.” Mr. Das said. As a result of topology of the region the whole Char Dham circuit can also be highly prone to street accidents. “Because of these, we’ve advised our officials to take up all essential methods which can be expected to keep up the protection & safety of a large number of pilgrims that are expected to visit the Chardham Yatra package by helicopter sites,” claimed Minister of State for Problem Management, Mr. Khajan Das.
Char Dham, among the holiest of Hindu Pilgrimages, beckon the religious and spiritually willing every year. Positioned in the lofty peaks of the grand Himalayas in Uttaranchal are the four many sacred pilgrimages of India, jointly called Char Dham (or four pilgrimage centres) of Hinduism. Through each one of these historical shrines meanders the Ganga about which many mythic stories have been wove.
According to popular opinion, goddess Ganga took the shape of lake to aid record on earth and is the absolute most worshipped deity in the Hindu religion. The four dhams obtain their holy seas in the shape of rivers – Yamuna in Yamunotri, Bhagirathi in Gangotri, Mandakini in Kedarnath and Alaknanda in badrinath. The yatra or journey usually begins from the west and profits to the east. The starting place is Yamunotri. The route profits to Gangotri and eventually culminates at Kedarnath and Badrinath.
Yamunotri, the source of the Yamuna water, emerges from the icy river of snow and glaciers on the Kalinda parvat. It’s the first stopover of the char dham pilgrimage. A temple dedicated to goddess Yamuna is located on the remaining bank of the river. Between May and April a large amount of devotees look at the shrine. Yamunotri sees unique mention in Hindu mythology as the house of Asit Muni, an old sage. Hot water rises are also a massive draw here. A journey to yamunotri from the backdrop of magnificent peaks and dense forests is an awesome experience. With Yamunotri as your bottom, you can go Lakhamandal where in fact the Kauravas are described to own built a refuge to burn up the Pandavas alive. Then there’s Surya Kund noted for their thermal rises where pilgrims cook grain and potatoes to provide the deity.
Along the right bank of Bhagirathi could be the shrine of Gangotri specialized in goddess Ganga. According to mythology, Ganga, girl of paradise, took the shape of a lake to absolve the sins of master Bhagirath’s predecessors. Master Shiva obtained the goddess in his matted hair to decrease the influence of her fall. She came to be known as Bhagirathi at her popular source. According to another story, the Pandavas executed the deva yagna as of this spot to atone the deaths of the kinsmen in the epic struggle of Mahabharata.
By November the location is protected with snow. It is thought that the goddess retreats to Mukhba, her cold temperatures abode, 12 kms downstream. Gaumukh, the specific supply of the water, are at the foot of the Bhagirathi peaks. Many pilgrims travel to Gaumukh lot provide prayers. The verdant valleys and great peaks present outstanding walking opportunities.
Based at the top of the water Mandakini, the Kedarnath shrine is between the holiest pilgrimages of the Hindus. The origin of th brow here may be tracked to the Mahabharata. Icon has it that after the Pandavas sought the blessings of Master Shiva, he continued to elude them. While fleeing, he took refuge at Kedarnath in the shape of a bull. Since he was being used, he dived in to the floor, making his hump on the surface. This protrusion is worshipped since the idol in the shrine. The symbolic outstanding parts of Shiva are worshipped at four areas – Tungnath, Rudranath, Madmaheshwar and Kalpeshwar.