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 ( Gangotri , Yamunotri , Badrinath , Kedarnath ), Panch Badri , Panch Kedar , Kumbh Mela and Nanda Devi Raj Jaat Yatra .
Nestled among the serene heights of the great Himalayas are four pilgrim-destinations namely Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath, known collectively as Char Dham. These pilgrimage centres draw the maximum numbers of pilgrims each year, thus becoming the most important hubs of religious travel in whole of Northern India. Traditionally, the pilgimage is begins from West and ends in the East. Thus, the Char Dham Yatra commences from Yamunotri, then proceeding to Gangotri and finally to Kedarnath and Badrinath. In accordance with the Hindu conventions, thousands of devotees take up this pious pilgrimage in the hope to experience bliss and successfully purge their souls of all worldly demons.
The 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.
The 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.
At Panch Badri Lord Vishnu is worshipped at five different places and under five different names. The five temples of lord Vishnu settled at five different places starting from the height of 1,380 meters to 3,133 meters, have the idols of lord Vishnu in different forms. They are Adi Badri, Badrinath, Bhavishya Badri, Vridh Badri and Yogdhyan Badri
The Panch Kedars According to the legend, after the battle of Kurukshetra, the Pandavas went to sought the blessings of Lord Shiva to atone their sins. But Lord Shiva, who din't want to meet them finally eluded. When the Pandavas came to know where Lord Shiva is, the Lord took the form of a bull to hide himself.
The Pandavas were not ready to accept it. One of the Pandava, Bhima tried his best to pick up the bull (Lord Shiva) but failed and the bull sacattered into pieces. The pieces sank into the earth but however Bhima managed to retain the hump of the bull (Lord Shiva)
Impressed by the determination of Pandavas, Lord Shiva finally blessed them and freed them from their sins. The lord then asked them to worship his hump at Kedarnath. This conical protrusion is worshipped as the idol in the shrine.
The other parts of bull's (Lord Shiva's) body went as Arms (Bahu) at Tunganath, Face (mukh) at Rudranath, Navel (nabhi) at Madmaheshwar and Hair (jata) at Kalpeshwar. These four shrines along with Kedarnath are worshipped as Panch Kedar. They are as follows :
The Panch Prayags Prayag meaning "confluence" in Sanskrit, constitutes a group of five sacred river confluences in the Garhwal Himalayas in the state of Uttarakhand, India. These five river confluences, are Vishnuprayag, Nandaprayag, Karnaprayag, Rudraprayag and Devprayag.
The Nanda Devi Raj Jat 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. In Chamoli, Nanda Devi Raj Jaat is organized once in 12 years. In some villages people celebrates the Nanda Devi Jaat (journey) every year. The Raj Jaat procession goes through villages, where there is a recognized Nanda Devi temple. This is considered to be one of the Asia's longest hike of 290 kms. of which 60 Kms can be covered by the bus transport. This journey is a difficult one because of the difficult terrain it goes through. The yatra also depicts the problems faced by the newly married girls of Uttarakhand and their love for their Husband and in laws.
The goddess Nanda Devi is considered to be the wife of Lord Shiva and Kailash is the home of Lord Shiva. The legend is that Nanda Devi was living with her parents in her father's house and due to some unavoidable situations for 12 years she was not able to return to Kailash. Later on she was sent to Kailash with grand celebration.
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