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Chhota Char Dham Yatra in India: A Road to Salvation

Chhota Char Dham Yatra in India: A Road to Salvation

When Char Dham Yatra begins in India?

Char Dham Yatra begins on Akshaya Tritiya or Akha Teej in the Vaishakha Month of Hindu calendar.

When Char Dham Yatra ends?

Char Dham Yatra ends on Bhratri Dwitiya which is commonly called Bhai Dooj celebrated after Diwali.

Chhota Char Dham Yatra: Alternative path to salvation

For many reasons, Chhota Char Dham has emerged as a quick alternative to original Char Dham Yatra which comprises 4 corner places (Badrinath , Dwarika Puri, Jagannath Puri & Rameshwaram ) in India. And with construction of roads in hilly areas of Uttarakhand and access to quick transport service, Chhota Char Dham circuit has gained wide popularity among pilgrims.

Why is Chhota Char Dham Yatra so significant in Hinduism?

Unlike Original Char DhamYatra which is dedicated only to Lord Vishnu & Lord Shiva, Chhota Char Dham is also dedicated 2 Goddesses (Gangotri & Yamunotri ), besides 2 Gods – Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu.

What is original Char Dham Yatra in Hinduism?

Pilgrimage has been considered a way to salvation in Hinduism since times immemorial. Char Dham of Hinduism in India consists of 4 corners of Indian Territory i.e. Badrinath, Dwarka Puri, Jagannath Puri and Rameshwaram.

What was concept of Char Dham Yatra in ancient times?

In ancient times Char Dham Yatra to the 4 corners of India was considered a part of Vanaprastha Ashram of life prescribed in Hinduism. People used to embark on Char Dham Yatra after completion of Grihastha Ashrama in old age and most people desired for a salvation by dying onthe path of Lord while on journey. Those who returned alive enter in-to Sanyasa Ashram and abandoned home in search of salvation.

Which places come in Chhota Char Dham Circuit?

What has changed with Char Dham Yatra?

In times when people used their own feet as only means of transport, Char Dham yatra was considered one of the toughest tasks to be taken over in old ages. People got spiritual and philosophical intuition on this pilgrimage.

The tradition of Char Dham Yatra continued in all ages and people still go for Char dham Yatra pilgrimage often in old age. But now, with advent of trains, buses and helicopter services for Char Dham, the much desired Char Dham Yatra has become a easier to fulfill religious obligation of pilgrimage to Char Dham.

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