Thu. Dec 7th, 2023

As we all hear about char dham yatra but some of us are not aware that there are two types of char dham yatra i.e. chota char dham yatra and bada char dham yatra.

Bada char dham yatra 

It is the belief that without completing the bada 4 dham yatra, you can’t wash off your sins. In bada char dham the following places are included i.e. 4 dham name are:

  1. Badrinath temple: located in Chamoli, Uttrakhand. This temple has the deity Badri(vishnu) ji. The temple is open for only six months a year ( Opens in the first week of May and closes in mid of November ).
  1. Dwarkadhish temple: located in Rajkot, Gujarat. This temple remains open throughout the year but the best time to visit here is in winter. The deity worshipped in this temple is “Krishna”.
  1. Jagannath temple: situated in Puri, Odisha. Deities worshipped are known as Trimurti (Jagannath (lord Krishna), Balabhadra (elder brother), and Subhadra (sister)). This temple also famous for its interesting facts 
  • Flag flows  opposite to the direction of the wind
  • Soundproof premises
  • Shadow of a temple not seen.
  1. Rameshwaram temple:located in Ramanathapuram, Tamil Nadu. The deities worshipped here are lord Rama and Lord Shiva. temple remains open throughout the year. Rama Setu ( bridge formed by monkeys sena of lord Rama) also started from this temple.

Along with the above bada char dham yatra places people must visit Varanasi and also in Panchmukhi Hanuman temple in Rameshwaram to complete their 4 dham yatra. 

Chota char dham yatra

In the Chota Char Dham Yatra name list of places we have to visit is located in Devbhumi Uttarakhand. This yatra is called Chota Char Dham Yatra due to the reason that all places are located nearby as compared to Bada Char Dham Yatra. In this yatra following places are to be visited that are listed below :

  1. Badrinath temple: This dham is common in both char dham yatra places.
  1. Kedarnath temple: This is the most religious place in Chota Char Dhams which is also one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of India. This temple is also closed for 5 to 6 months in a year like Badrinath. People must trek for 14 km from Gauri Kund to reach Kedarnath temple. This temple is also famous for the first half of the Pashupatinath temple located in Kathmandu, Nepal.
  1. Gangotri Dham:  This is the third temple in Chota Char Dham. This place is devoted to the holiest river Ganga. It is assumed that the Ganga River originates from Gomukha which is just 19 km away from this temple. This temple is open on Akshaya Tritiya( in May) and closed on Diwali.
  1. Yamunotri Dham:  This temple is devoted to the holy Yamuna river. This temple also opens on Akshaya Tritiya (in May) and closes on Bhai Dooj just after Diwali. 


Now you know everything about both types of 4 dham. Plan your yatra with the list of places we have provided in the article.
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