Devbhumi Uttarakhand a Land of God’s one of the Hinduism pilgrimage places. The name Uttarakhand is derived from the Sanskrit word which is the combination of two words Uttara and Khanda. The word Uttara indicates the north direction where it is dev bhumi situated and the word Khanda means to land, altogether simply meaning Northern Land.
Uttrakhand is full fill beauty anybody can fall in love such a beautiful place sparkling waterfall and lakes, icy views, elevated mountains.
As Uttrakhand is known for dev bhumi, it is mainly famous for Char Dham Yatra which literally meaning “Journey to four centers”. These four religious centers are Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri. Every year the Char Dham Yatra begins in the 1st week of May. Char Dham Yatra occurs in the care of the government.
Badrinath situated on the Garhwal slope tracks closed to Alaknanda River and placed between Nar and Narayan mountains. Badrinath dedicated to Lord Vishnu, who is also known as ‘Badri Vishal’. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva resides there with his wife Parvati. Lord Vishnu liked that place wants’ to stay there forever, so he appeared as a newborn child and start crying in front of Mata Parvati, she got the baby and start supporting him but the crying of baby disturbing the concentration of Lord Shiva. So he decides to the left from there and moved to the higher place in the Himalayas and made Kedarnath as his home. When Lord Shiva left Mata Parvati also followed to him, which allows a chance for Lord Vishnu to stay at Badrinath forever. The saint of Badrinath from Kerala. According to the rule laid down by Adi Shankara that Badrinath remains closed for 6 months from October to May.
There are 12 Jyotirlingams in India and Kedarnath is one of them. Kedarnath has been a journey place tucked in the lap of Garhwal Himalayas since the ancient time. It is situated at an elevation of 3583mt over the ocean level on the banks of River Mandakini close to the Chorabari Glacier in Uttarakhand. During the 2013 floods in Uttarakhand, the whole town of Kedarnath was destroyed but the temple was not so harmed, as a huge rock behind the temple diverted the massive floodwater coming towards the shrine. May-June and mid of September-October is the best time to visit Kedarnath.
Ganga is the holy river of Hindus and the origin of this river is at Gaumukh, set in the Gangotri glacier. According to the Hindu legend, Goddess Ganga took a form of a river to absolve the sins of King Bhagiratha’s predecessors. Therefore we also know it by name Bhagirathi. Lord Shiva locked Ganga in his hair to minimize the impact of Ganga’s intense flow. The Gangotri Dhaam was constructed in the 18th century by Gorkha Commander, Amar Singh Thapa.
Yamunotri Dham is situated in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand Yamunotri is also stands between enormous mountain peaks, glaciers and gushing waters of Yamuna. A spring of hot water flow in Yamunotri which is known as Surya Kund in Hindu mythology this was mentions that the Yamunotri journey is not completed without cooking potato and rice in that hot water. People offer this in them and then take them home in the form of Prashad.