Char Dham

Char Dham | PRIME SITES
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  • Lakhamandal: Lakhamandal is 70Km from Yamunotri through Nandgaun on Mussoorie-Yamunotri road. Lakha means hundred thousand and mandal means Shivlingam. Lakhamandal is believed to be
  •  the place where Kauravas built a shelter house when they were conspiring about the wax house to burn Pandavas.
  • Surya Kund: Surya Kund nearby Yamunotri temple is the lake where pilgrims cook rice and potato to offer to the deity in Yamunotri temple. The cooked rice is offered as Prasad by the religious tourists back home.
  • Divya Shila: Divya shila is a huge rock pillar nearby Surya Kund at the entrance of Yamunotri temple. Pilgrims need to worship the Divya Shila before entering Yamunotri temple.
  • Submerged Shivaling: Submerged Shivaling in Gangotri is a historical site which is believed to be the place where lord Shiva sat to receive the Ganga in his hair locks when Ganga was coming down to earth to wash away the ashes of King Bhagirath’s ancestors. The Shivaling is submerged and thus becomes visible in the beginning of winter months when water level goes down in sacred Ganga.
  • Shankaracharya Samadhi: The final resting place (Samadhi) of Aadi Guru Shankaracharya is in Kedarnath just beside the Kedarnath temple. It is believed that Aadi Guru Shankaracharya, at the age of 32, went for Samadhi when he had established four Dhamas in four corners of India – Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu the south, Puri in Odisha the east, Badrinath in Uttarakhand the north and Dwaraka Dham in Dwaraka the west.
  • Tapt Kund: In the premises of Badrinath temple sits a hot water spring named Tapt Kund with temperature 45̊C throughout the year. Pilgrims bath in Tapt Kund before entering Badrinath temple. They also believe that the water has medicinal values.
  • Neelkanth Peak: Lovingly called Garhwal queen, Neelkanth peak back of Badrinath towers in pyramid shape and attracts the tourists with its unbeatable beauty.
  • Charanpaduka: Charanpaduka is a beautiful meadow nearby Badrinath temple where devotees pray the footprints of lord Vishnu. Charan means feet and paduka means pilgrimage giving it the holy honor as the foot prints are believed to be of lord Vishnu.
  • Brahma Kapal: Brahma Kapal is a flat space for the hindu devotees to perform last rites of their passed away ancestors on the bank of Alakhnanda river nearby the Badrinath temple.
  • Sheshnetra: At the premises of Badrinath temple sits a boulder giving an impression of the eye of Sheshnag. Sheshnag is the serpant with hundred heads in which lord Vishnu sleeps in Vaikuntha.
  • Few other famous prime sites of Char Dham are — Yamunotri Temple | Gangotri temple  |  Kedarnath temple  |  Kalpeshwar  |  Madhyamaheshwar  |  Rudranath  |  Tungnath  |   Badrinath Temple  |  Adi Badri  |  Vridha Badri  |  Yogdhyan Badri  |  Bhavishya Badri