Thursday, December 16, 2010

Do Dham Yatra

India or Incredible India is very well known as a land of spirituality and high religious values. Hinduism is one of the most ancient regions in the world and is the only religion in the world to survive so many ages and attacks of other cultures. Be it Islamic invasion or advent of Britishers, Hinduism still remains major religion in this mystique land. Hinduism is known for its Gods and Goddesses. Entire India is loaded with numerous destinations that are revered as holy places. Chardham yatra is the most adored and loved pilgrim journey in the country. Chardham simply means abode to four holy shrines namely Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath. Not many have privileges to go on chardham yatra so many satisfy with do dham yatra. Do Dham yatra simply means yatra to two shrines. But let us tell you do dham yatra has same high religious values and people in huge numbers arrive two these shrines namely Badrinath and Kedarnath.

These both dhams are located in high mountains of Himalayas. There was a time when these two destinations were very hard to access. Thanks to modern technology and government efforts, it has become very easy to access them. Do dham yatra mainly begins in the months of April and ends in November normally. These two places are in Himalayan ranges so its very chilly in winters. The roads are blanketed by snow and risks of landslides increase.

Badrinath is devoted to Lord Vishnu. As per legend, Adi Sankaracharya established the main temple in 8th century. Many believe that this temple was built by Garhwal king. There are plenty of myths related to this place. However one thing common among them is the utmost spirituality in this place. The three main attractions of this fantastic places are Garbha Grih, Darsham Mandap and Sabha Mandap. The statue of lord Badrinath (Vishnu) is composed of black stone and looks fabulous. You can very well experience immense religious feelings here mainly due to the utmost serenity available here. Devotees throng this temple to offer obeisance to almighty and attain peace of mind.

Another gem in Do Dham Yatra is Kedarnath. This place is rated among the 12 Jyotirling of Lord Shiva. Kedarnath temple is complimented by the lofty snow capped peaks of Himalayna Mountains. The view from this temple is simply amazing. The main attractions of this temple are Grih and Mandap. The conical rock set up in the premises of the temple is also must watch. The rock is worshiped as its Sadashiva form.

Apart from these tour destinations, you will come across many fabulous places namely Sonprayag, Gaurikund, Guptkashi, Gandhi Sarovar, Valley of Flowers, Joshimath and Vasuki Tal. Apart from offering your prayers tto the God, you can come here to cherish scenic beauty and panoramic views