Char dham, most important Yatra for Hindu devotees not from India but all over the world. Chardham means 4 dhams or 4 places: Badrinath, Kedarnath, Yamunotri and Gangotri. In India it is one of the most important pilgrimage tour for all the Hindus communities. This Yatra is a lifetime experience for every Hindus or every devotee. These 4 sacred places are situated in the Himalaya mountains in Uttarakhand. One of the main tradition of this Chardham Yatra is that it is completed from west to east, i.e. Char dham Yatra starts from Yamunotri, and then Gangotri, Kedarnath and finally ends at Badrinath.
If the scriptures of HINDU RELIGION are to be believed, the holy centres of Gangotri, Yamunotri,Badrinath and Kedarnath - collectively called theChardham (meaning four sacred spots) - are the mostsacred of all pilgrimages. Undertaking a journey to these places will not just wash away one's sins butensure release from the cycle of birth and death.THE honour conferred on these places is not surprising.
This pilgrimage was initiated by sage Adi Shankaracharya, a great Hindu intellectual and reformer. The sage started this holy journey in the 8th century with the motive of reviving the Hindu religion, and certainly the four destinations were perfect to serve his purpose. Yamunotri (the abode of Shakti Yamuna), Gangotri (the abode of Shakti Ganga), Kedarnath (the abode of Lord Shiva) and Badrinath (the abode of Lord Vishnu) are the four holy places embracing the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayas, Uttarakhand.