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Chardham, that literally means 'Four Shrines' is the collective name referring to the four most sacred Hindu shrines in the Garhwal region - Yamunotri, Gangotri, Keedarnath and Badrinath. Rishikesh serves as the base station for pilgrimage trips to these shrines. Heval River Cottage & Rafting operate various Chardham yatra packages. You shall opt for all the four shrines or combination of any one or more.
Yamunotri: According to a popular legend ancient sage Asit Muni had his hermitage at Yamunotri. His entire lifetime, he bathed daily both in Ganga and Yamuna. During his old age, as he was immobile, a stream of Ganga appeared opposite Yamunotri for him.
The temple and the place opens every year during the last week of April on the auspicious day of the akshya-tritya. The shrine closes on the sacred day of Diwali in Oct-Nov. After a brief ceremony, the temple is shut down and for the rest of the time the valley is gripped in no man silence and covered with heavy sheet of snow. With melting of snow next summer, temple re-opens.
Gangotri: It is where the sacred River Ganges originates. The legend surrounding Gangotri goes like.. The great task of bringing Ganga down to the earth started. Despite the failure of his father and grandfather, King Bhagirath was very determined and meditated at Gangotri. After several years of intense meditation, the Ganga descended from Heaven but remained suspended in Shiva's hair. Now it was the task of king Bhagirath to meditate and propitiate Shiva. Shiva being pleased released the Ganga as three streams - one of which came of earth in the form of the Bhagirathi.
Kedarnath: Kedarnath shrine is held in extreme reverence as one of the twelve jyotirlingas of Hindu God Shiva. IT is situated at an altitude of 3583 metres above sea level. By its geographical structure, Kedarnath is the most inaccessible among the four chardham shrines. In outer area of the temple, the statues of Goddess Parvati, Pandava, Goddess Lakshmi etc are situated. The lake of cold water is located very near to temple which is the origin of river Mandakini.
Badrinath: The Badrinath shrine is dedicated to the Lord Vishnu, considered to be the preserver of the universe in the Hindu mythology. The idol of Lord Vishnu is made of black stone. The temple is divided into three parts. The garbh griha in which the idol of Lord Badrinath is seated in the inner part of this place and canopy covered with gold sheet. Second part is known as Darshan Mandap in which puja ceremonies are performed. Third part is the Sabha Mandap, which is an outer hall, where devotees wait for darshan of Lord Badrinath.
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