Each year on the occasion of Akshaya Tritiya, the holy Chardham yatra begins with the opening of the kapat of Gangotri and Yamunotri Dham. Chardham Yatra Package started on May 7 this year. After two days of opening of Yamunotri and Gangotri kapat, on May 9, Kedarnath Temple Kapat opened and Badrinath Dham Kapat opened on May 10 for all visitors. Each year, thousands of pilgrims from the country and abroad come to visit Chardham with great devotion. Let us know the meaning of Char Dham Yatra, who made them and started the trip to Chardham first.
Kedarnath Dham of Lord Shiva is located in Rudraprayag in Uttarakhand, Badrinath of Lord Vishnu in Chamoli, Gangotri Dham of Mata Ganges on Uttarkashi and Yamunotri Dham of Mata Yamuna in Uttarkashi district.
It is said that in the 8th-9th
century, Adiguru Shankaracharya discovered Badrinath. The idol of Lord
Badrinath was in a cave near the elevated pond and in the sixteenth century a
king of Garhwal kept him in the current temple. Kedarnath is one of the 12
Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. In the 1950s there was greater movement in terms of
As mentioned in Skanda Purana, Garhwal was used to recognize as Kedarkhand in past, where we can find the explanation of Kedarnath Dham. Kedarnath is mentioned in the Hindus epic sculpture Mahabharata also. It is said that after the end of Mahabharata war, Pandavas came here to worship Lord Shiva for salvation and wash away the sin of killing own tribe brothers. It is believed that the Kedarnath temple was built by Adi Guru Shankaracharya. The description of the Badrinath temple is found in Skanda Purana and Vishnu Purana which was also discovered by Adi Guru Shankaracharya.
The Nepalese Gorkha Fighters
ruled Kumaon-Garhwal from 1790 to 1815. And it is believed that the Gangotri
Temple was built at the same time by the General of Gorkha, Amar Singh Thapa.
The true temple of Yamunotri was built in the 19th century by Maharani Gularia of
Jaipur. Although it is also said that Yamunotri was built by Maharaja Pratap
Shah of Tehri.
Religiously, the Chardham yatra
has immense significance. The followers of Hinduism go to the temples of
Uttarakhand and visit them in search of sacred places of pilgrimage. This trip
is available only in summer. In the winter the Kapat of all the Dhams is
closed. It is said that char dham provide liberation. There is such a belief
that the Chardham Yatra can obtain salvation.
If you want to perform the Chardham Yatra Tour without difficulty according to your pocket / budget, this is news for you. The Chardham Yatra Package Tour program has been launched by GMVN for all the pilgrims of the world. Trains are also available for passengers to take a trip organized by GMVN. Arrangements will be made for pilgrims visiting Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. The trip to Badrinath, Kedarnath Dham, will take place in six days, while 10 days are scheduled for the entire trip to Chardham. GMVN has organized a package of 23,830 rupees for the trip to Chardham.
According to the Chardham package tour program, GMVN has prepared different rates of package for adults, children and elderly pilgrims have been decided. For traveling to Badrinath and Kedarnath Dham Temple, the pilgrims will have to pay Rs. 16200.
For children Rs. 15,710 and elderly pilgrims must pay Rs 15470. During the Char Dham yatra, GMVN will provide passengers with air-conditioned buses with 27 seats and Innova with air conditioning. The pilgrims will have to pay a total of 40430 rupees for the Char Dham of the AC Innova. During the trip to Badrinath and Kedarnath Dham, Rs 26,640 will be delivered. During the Char Dham Yatra, on behalf of GMVN the pilgrims will also be visited by the Auli and the Valley of Flowers.
Chardham Package tour program has
been released in view of Char Dham Yatra. Passengers will be provided with
non-AC buses and AC Innova trains will. Tour packages can be done online and
also from the centers opened in many states of the country. GMVN is trying to
provide better travel facilities to the passengers during the Char Dham Yatra.
Gangotri Dham kapat(Gate) will be opened on May 7 at 11.30 pm on the holy festival of Akshaya Tritiya on the darshan of devotees. The cupboard of Yamunotri temple will also open on this day, but its auspicious time will be taken out on the day of Ramnavmi. A meeting of the temple committee was held at Gangotri Mandir Dharamsala, District Headquarters on the first day of Chaitra Shukla Pratipada Navaratri. According to the legislation, according to the Vedic Panchang, the Mugharut of the Gangotri temple was taken out on this occasion.
Temple Committee Chairman Suresh Semwal and Secretary Deepak Seamwal said that this time, on May 7, at the holy festival of Akshaya Tritiya, the Cancer will be opened on May 7 at the auspicious time of Amritha Bela in Nirakshatra of Rohini Nakshatra at 11.30 pm on the occasion of the valor of Gangotri temple.
He told that on May 6, the Muhurat fixed on May 6 will leave Ganga ji’s Doli Yatra for its winter mornings from Mukhba to Gangotri. The night will be done at the Bhairav temple located in Bhairongati and the next day the gate of the temple will be opened by the Gangotri on the fixed Muhurt. He said that devotees present on the occasion of Kapadotghana will be able to earn virtue even with the Nirvana philosophy of the Ganges, the philosophy of the Akhand Jyoti burning inside the temple.
On this occasion, temple committee convener Harish Semwal, vice president Arun Semwal, joint secretary Rajesh Semwal, Treasurer Prem Vallabh Semwal, Pravin, Ravi, Ambrisish, Sanjeev Semwal were also present. Meanwhile, Yamunotri Temple Committee Deputy Chairman Jagmohan Uniyal said that the cupboard of Yamunotri temple will also open on Akshaya Tritiya, but its auspicious Muhurt will be removed on the day of Ram Navami.
Delay in the reconstruction work of the disaster affected Yamunotri Dham, there is anger in the Tirtha Purohit society. Due to the erosion caused by the river Yamuna, more than 50 people have not been able to stand in the temple premises.
In such a situation, the pilgrims
have shown their inability to perform darshan and worship in the temple after
seeing the danger of not having completed the bridge and other security work
connecting the temple to the Dham before the Char Dham Yatra.
In July last year, a huge
catastrophe hit Yamunotri Dham in the Yamuna river. Due to the disaster due to
the main bridges connecting the temple many dams, such as the Bath Ghat, the
hot tub, the office of the society, were destroyed, for which the priestly
society has long been demanding to rebuild.
Jagmohan Singh Uniyal, Vice
President of Yamunotri Temple Committee, Secretary, Krishteeshwar Uniyal,
spokesman, Bageshwar Uniyal said that Lonivi started constructing a bridge in
Dham just a few days ago. So far the irrigation department has not started
construction works like ghats and security wall etc.
The late work is not expected to
be completed before the opening of the cupboard. In view of the danger
situation here, the committee has decided to open the gate of the temple only
for the morning prayer and worship of the morning and evening after the opening
of the kapat. The remaining doors of the temple will remain closed.
A budget of 1.54 crore has been
approved for the protection work in Yamunotri Dham. The tender process of these
works has been completed. Due to heavy snow accumulation in Dham, the work has
not started yet. Efforts will be made to complete the work as soon as the ice
melts, before opening the cupat.
Uttarakhand is not called as godland only. Apart from Hari Nagar Haridwar, Rishikesh and Chardham : Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri, there are also many mythical temples of deities. One of these temples is Latu Deity. This temple is situated in remote village varieties under the Deval Vikas Khand of Chamoli district. Latu Deities Temple are situated at an altitude of 8500 feet above sea level. Latu Deity is considered to be the religion brother of goddess Nanda Devi of Uttarakhand. This is the 12th halt of the longest ‘Sri Nanda Devi Ki Raj Jat Yatra’ in Uttarakhand, in the 12th century. Latu Deva congratulates Nanda Devi from Hemkund to Varan village.
It is said about the Latu Deity temple that ‘Nagraj’ resides with the Mani in the form of Sarvshit inside this temple. The devotee is afraid to see the nag, and therefore the mouth and eye belt is formed. It is also said that the smell of the priest’s mouth did not reach the deity, hence the bandage is kept in the mouth of the priest during worship. Figures are not seen in the Latu Deity temple. Only the priest goes for worship within the temple.
According to the villagers, ‘Nag Mani’ is in the temple. Eyes can be lighted on seeing the Mani, so the priest enters the temple by binding the bar on the eye and devotees worship the devotees at a distance of 75 feet from the temple. On the day the valves of the Latu Deity temple open, on that day the text of ‘Vishnu Sahasranama’ and ‘Bhagwati Chandika’ is also organized. The Latu deity considers the locals as ‘Adhabad deity’. The valmet of the temple of Latu Deities situated in the varieties opens only once a year. A huge fair is organized on this day. There is great reverence among the people towards the Latu deity. People come to the temples of Latu and take their pleasure, they say, Manokamana sought is fulfilled from here.
There is such a legend about Latu
Deity that when Lord Shiva was married to Devi Parvati, also known as ‘Nanda
Devi’. To depart, all the brothers went to Kailash. It also included cousins
Latu. Latu was so thirsty in the way that he started wandering around for
water. Meanwhile, the Latu deity was seen to show a house and entered the house
in search of water. The owner of the house was elderly. The elderly said to
Latu Deva that drink water in the corner, drink water. Inside the glass pot,
there was water in the pot (locally made raw liquor) and the second pot of
soil, but life (local level raw liquor) remains so clean that Latu takes it as
clean water and drinks it. .
When Latu learns that he has
drunk alcohol in the water, then soon after the wine starts showing his effect.
Latu deities begin to add to their drunkenness. Seeing this, Goddess Parvati
gets angry and puts Latu in jail. According to the order of Goddess Parvati,
the Latu deity is always kept in captivity. It is believed that the Latu
deities are held in the prison as a huge snake. Do not be afraid to see the
priest, so he binds his eyes to open the door of the temple.