Pilgrimages In Uttarakhand
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Pilgrimages In Uttarakhand

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




Uttarakhand is the 'abode of gods' because of the uncountable ancient temples situated here. Every mountain, every rock and every stream of Uttarakhand is somewhat associated with the mythological background of India.

It is not as though Uttarakhand is a pilgimage destination exclusively for Hindus - there are several important shrines related to other religions too, keeping in line with the secular traditions of our country. These include Piran Kaliyar Sharif near Roorkee, Hemkund Sahib, Nanak Matta Sahib, Ritha Metha Sahib, the Mind Rolling Monastery and its Buddha Stupa in Dehradun.

Main Attraction: The Char Dhams, Panch Badri ,Panch Kedar ,Kumbh Mela and Nanda Devi Raj Jaat Yatra.



Char Dhams

Char Dhams

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.

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Kumbh Mela

Kumbh Mela

Kumbh Mela is a mass Hindu pilgrimage. Kumbh Mela is believed to be the largest religious gathering on earth which is held on the banks of the 'Sangam'- the confluence of the holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati. It occurs four times every twelve years and rotates among the four locations Prayag (Allahabad), Haridwar, Ujjain and Nashik.

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Panch Badri

Panch Badri

Panch means five. The Panch Badri constitutes a group of five sacred Hindu temples, dedicated to Lord Vishnu which are located in Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. Badrinath is the main shrine of Lord Badrinath in Badrinath Temple. Besides the main Badrinath temple, there are four other smaller badri temples where Lord Badrinath is worshiped under five different names.

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Panch Kedar

Panch Kedar

Kedarnath is situated in the Rudra Himalaya range in Rudraprayag District of the northern state of Uttarakhand at an elevation of 3581 mts above the sea level. In Kedarnath lord Shiva is worshipped as one of the twelve Jyotirling (linga of light). This conical protrusion about five feet by four feet or 'Jyothirlingam' is worshipped as the idol in the Kedarnath temple.

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Panch Prayag

Panch Prayag

Prayag meaning 'confluence' in Sanskrit, constitutes a group of five sacred river confluences in the Garhwal Himalayas in the state of Uttarakhand, India. This great river, emerges from the icy glaciers of the Himalayas.

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Raj Jaat Yatra

Raj Jaat Yatra

The Nanda Devi Raj Jaat is a pilgrimage and festival of Uttarakhand in India. People from the entire Garhwal and Kumaon division as well as from other parts of India and the world come and participate in this. The Yatra or pilgrimage starts from Nauti village (25 km from Karnprayag) and goes up to the heights of Roopkund and Hemkund with a four horned sheep.

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