Char Dhams

June 30, 2009 | Post By: Vinay Dobhal | Editor: Neha Dhyani

Char Dham are the names of four pilgrimage sites in India that is considered highly sacred by Hindus to visit during one's lifetime. It comprises of Badrinath, Dwarka, Puri and Rameswaram.

Badrinath is located in the state of Uttarakhand. It is in the Garhwal region on the banks of the Alaknanda River. The town lies between the Nar and Narayana mountain ranges and in the shadow of Nilkantha peak.

Dwarka is located in the west of Gujarat state in India. Dwarka is located close to the place where the Gomti River merges into the Gulf of Kutch. Dwarka is the place where Lord Krishna has lived.

Puri is located at the east of Odisha state in India and is situated on the coast of the Bay of Bengal. Puri is one of the oldest cities in the eastern part of the country. Lord Jagannatha temple is the only shrine in India, where goddess, Subhadra, sister of Lord Krishna is worshipped along with her brothers, Lord Jagannatha (Shri Krishna) and Lord Balabhadra. The main temple is considered to be 1000 years old which was constructed by Raja Choda Ganga Deva and Raja Tritiya Ananga Bhima Deva.

Rameswaram is located at the South of Tamil Nadu state and is situated in the Gulf of Mannar. According to legends Rameswaram is the place from where Lord Rama, built a bridge (Ram Setu) to Lanka. The presiding deity here is in the form of a Linga with the name Sri Ramanatha Swamy, it also is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas.

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