The Importance of Char Dham Yatra

Char Dham refers to the four religious abodes or seats that are widely revered by Hindus. Badrinath, Dwarka, Puri and Rameswaram are the four religious places making up Char Dham. A visit to Char Dham during their lifetime is considered sacred by all the religious Hindus out there. It is believed that a Hindu can wash away his sins and give himself a change to open the doors of Moksha for himself here.

There are millions of Hindus taking part in the Char Dham Yatra every year – for a period of 10- 11 days at a stretch. The Chota Char Dhaams are situated in Uttarakhand – which, again, is believed to be the “Land of God.” Here’s a look at the historical details of the places.

Char Dham Yatra: All about its historical and mythological significance

As per Hindu mythology, Badrinath assumed significance when Nar-Narayan, one of the most revered reincarnations of Vishnu did his Tapasya here. The place where he had completed his Tapasya was full of berry trees and the forest of berry came to be known as Badrika Van (i.e. forest). When he was doing his Tapasya a large berry tree had assumed a form of cover shielding him from heat and rain. Once again, according to the local people it was Mata Lakshmi who assumed this shape to protect him. Narayan had later said that the name of Lakshmi will always be uttered before Narayan—which of course explains why we call our revered deity couple “Lakshmi-Narayan” unlike “Shiva-Parvati”. Badri-Nath refers to the Lord of Berry Forest. The entire episode took place during Satyug. As such, Badrinath was known as the first Dham. It is regarded as such till to this day. It is located in Uttarakhand.

Hindus to visit Char Dham during one's lifetime
Hindus to visit Char Dham during one’s lifetime

Rameswaram is the second dham, which derives its significance from the TretaYug when Lord Rama had built a Shiv-ling here and worshipped it in order to secure His blessings. Lord Rama is the reincarnation of Vishnu as well. Rameswaram – the place itself derives its name from Lord Rama. Rameswaram is situated in Tamil Nadu

Dwarka is the third dhaam which has earned its significance in Dwapar Yug, when Lord Krishna decided to make Dwarka his residence instead of Mathura (it was his birth place). It derives its name from the Sanskrit word dvar or “door”. Dwarka is in Gujarat.

Puri, situated in Odisha makes for one of the oldest cities in the eastern part of the country. Shri Krishna is main deity here. He is primarily known as Lord Jagannatha here and worshipped along with sister Subhadra and brother Balaram. Puri, in fact, remains the only place where Lord Krishna is worshipped along with his brother and sister. The main temple of this city is a thousand years old – erected by Raja Choda Ganga Deva and Raja Tritiya Ananga Bhima Deva.

The four smaller or associated dhams are known as the Chota Char Dhams so that they can be differentiated from the bigger Char Dhaams. And, these smaller dhaams comprise Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath.

Yamunotri, of course, is the origin of the scared river and home to the Temple of Goddess Yamuna as well. Gangotri is origin of Ganga and her temple is also located here. Kedarnath is the shrine of Lord Shiva and one of the twelve Jyotirlingas (Panch Kedar).

It gets a tad easier to realize the significance of Char Dham Yatra by acquainting yourself with the history of these places or dhams. Hope we have been able to offer you sufficient insights here.

Make sure you’re reading this before embarking on your first trip to Char Dham.

Why is Kerala Known as God’s Own Country?

Why is Kerala known as “God’s Own Country”? The origin of this particular tagline isn’t hard to trace. A man named Mr. Walter Mendez had a role to play in this. It was Mendez who had come up with this particular tag line for brand Kerala Tourism initiative way back in the year 1989. He was the creative director of Mudra Group. Now, though the tagline had been introduced for strictly promotional purposes, it will not really be an exaggeration to claim that it(i.e. this particular tagline)perfectly complies with the state’s scenic beauty. A land of geographical diversities, Kerala is a virtual paradise on earth. Needless to say, the most beautiful southernmost state of the country has made its way to the National Geographic’s Traveller magazine as one of the 10 paradises on the world” and50 must-see destinations of a lifetime”.Here we are offering you a basic tour of the state.

Beautiful Landscapes of Munnar, Kerala
Beautiful Landscapes of Munnar, Kerala

Unraveling the Reason behind the Name “God’s Own Country”

The phrase “God’s Own Country” is originally associated with New Zealand. New Zealanders use this term to describe their country. Some parts of America and Australia have also gone on to adopt this particular title.

The land of beaches, coconut trees, serene backwaters, and tea garden, the state experiences a soothing climate unlike most of the other regions of India. In the wake of the ever multiplying global warming concerns, this climatic stability itself can be reason enough to call Kerala “God’s Own Country”. The coconut trees add to the exuberance of the state.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re looking for a cozy sojourn with your partner beside the Vembanad, the state’s largest lake ruling its backwaters or for quality time with your entire family in a beach- Kerala remains a virtual treasure trove of options for you.

Coming back to the particular coinage (i.e. God’s Own Country), it must as well be mentioned that the tagline itself had done wonders in propelling the state’s image in the global front. Quite like any other successful tagline it managed to evoke right kind of responsiveness from travelers. As the tag started appearing in the magazines, travelers became curious to explore the place – so much so, that they were not even apprehensive of changing their traveling plans in favor of Kerala. Besides everything else, it’s the state’s magnificent beauty which has earned it this title.

Not only the scenic beauty here you will find lots of good things like dresses of Kerala, Kasavu sarees for women and traditional Mundu for men are very nice. Also you can find some delicious recipes here.

The hospitality offered by Keralites to tourists is worthy of mention as well. If communication remains the only barrier between the visitors and the Keralites themselves then it can well be claimed that the latter’s hospitality more than makes up for it. Cleanliness is another reason why it can be said that the tagline is perfectly attributable to the state. The state can even earn a place among the tidiest states in the world- a tag which once again unfortunately cannot really be associated with most of the other states in the country.

Take a trip!

It will not really be an exaggeration to claim that the Kerala tourism board has left no stone unturned to ensure that the state lives up to the title earned by it in every  department. It’s true that Kerala has been able to etch its niche as one of the leading travel destinations in India primarily owing to its natural beauty. However, the fact that travelers cannot stop gushing about its hospitality and well-maintained roads is also true. So, if you still haven’t stepped foot here make sure you’re including it in your bucket list without delay! And, the people of God’s Own Country will make sure that your trip remains an ever-cherished one.

Kerala House Boat
Kerala House Boat

Devkunda Waterfalls is a perfect tourism place

It is a beautiful temple which is located  near Devakunda. Devi Ambika(Goddess Durga) Temple is a temple which can motivate every devotees and tourism. It is coverd by great waterfalls and den forest. This temple is built in 1940 by Royal Dynasty of Mayurbhanj.  In Devakunda Large fishes comes closer and eats food offered by the devotees or tourism.On this place because fishing is prohibited because this place is considered as the Goddess’ durga place. 

DEVKUND

RajaRani Temple of Bhubaneswar.

Bhubaneswar is called as the Temple city. Rajarani temple is one of the old temples in Bhubaneswar,which is the capital city of Orissa. It made from wonderful red and Shining gold sandstone, which is known as Rajarani and that’s way its name is ‘Raja Rani’ Temple. The Main attractions of this temple is the elaborately carved statue. This Temple is dedicated to Lord Brahma. This temple was built in eleventh century.

Maa Samaleswari temple of Sambalpur.

Samaleswari temple is a Hindu temple located in western odisha. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Maa Samalei and people call maa samalei. She is the presiding deity of western odisha. The temple is located on the river Mahanadi.Every year Nuakhai festival is celebrated in samaleswari temple with a great way.

Daringbadi – Kashmir of Odisha | Travel of Odisha

There are lots of beautiful picnic spots but Daringbadi is unique. This place is full of pine jungles and coffee gardens with beautiful valleys. This place is called : “Kashmir of Odisha”. This place is perfect to visit in summer. Snow fall is the most important view to see in winter season.

Devkund waterfalls of odisha.

Devkund means the bathtub of gods and goddesses, it is situated at a distance of 60 km from baripada. There is a beautiful temple located near to the devkund waterfalls called Ambika Temple. Devi Ambika(part of goddess durga) temple is such a temple which can attracts every visitors. It is surrounded by a great waterfalls and thick forests.

Devkund
Devkund

The Ambika  temple was built by royal dynasty of mayurbhanj in 1940. On Durga pujo festivals Maa Ambika celebrate for nine days with a great pomp, specially women’s offers the puja for nine days called Navaratri. On Navaratri festivals women’s wear the new traditional silk saree and offers the puja to maa with a great devotee. Peoples give the new saree to Ambika Maa at the time of dusshera festivals for the well wishes of their home. For dusshera festivals people buy various design’s of silk saree from several online shopping stores.

The most interesting scene is that in devkund waterfalls large fish was there and they come closer to eat the prasad from your hand. Visit to odisha at the time of dusshera festivals. One more interesting is that there are colorful butterflies and bird’s are moving all around.

To visit this temple you can go through by bus or train. This place is perfect for picnic spot, sight seeing etc.

 

 

 

Padmasini Temple of Padampur | Odisha Tourism |Travel | Places to See

At a distance of 70 Kms. from Jharsuguda, there is Hirakud reservoir on the left side of village Bhikampali.  Just at the point where the river Mahanadi leaves the than Madhya predesh and enters Orissa to pour in to the Hirakud reservoir, there was once a town called as “Padampur”.  The famous Sanskrit dramatist “Bhabahbhoti” was believed to be born here. Moreover, it is said that “Bajrajan’ Tantra marg of Buddhism took origin here.

Goddess Padmasini is the reigning deity of this town. The temple of “Padmashini’ was constructed in 7th century A.D. by a Chalukya king of South.  However the original temple had met decay and was believed to be reconstructed by the Chouhan king of Sambalpur in 16th century.  A look at the “Jagmohan’ of original temple reveals striking resemblance with architecture of the Chalukya era.

Padampur Odisha
Padampur Odisha

Even the stone statue of goddess Padmasini bears striking similarities with the style of the Chalukya period.  In the whole Orissa Padmasini Temple is a unique example of Chalukya art and architecture.  In 1956 Padampur town was submerged in Hirakud reservoir, but the deity has been shifted to a new temple at nearby ‘Pujaripali’.

Who had constructed the temple in the 7th century puzzles many historian & researchers often.

Tulasi Khetra – Kendrapada – Odisha |Tourism | Travel | Shopping

Kendrapada is one of the five holy Kshetras of Odisha. It houses the temple of Lord Baladeva Jeu in the heart of this Kshetra. The same rites and rituals of Lord Jagannath at Puri are generally followed here which makes Kendrapara equally attractive. It is only 95 Km away from the state capital Bhubaneswar. Literature like Brahama. Tantra written by Vedavyas and Padma Puran speak the glory of this place…

Baladev Jew Temple is situated in Ichhapur (Tulasi Khetra)
Baladev Jew Temple is situated in Ichhapur (Tulasi Khetra)

Jadeswari Temple Jharsuguda, Odisha |Temples in Orissa | Tourism

Jhadeswari Temple is one of the prominent location to visit, if you are in Jharsuguda town. This temple is very close to Railway Station and Bus Stand.

jhadeswar temple, Jharsuguda
jhadeswar temple, Jharsuguda

Saptasajya – Dhenkanal – A Place to visit in Odisha

Saptasajya is a place which named after 7 munni rusi. The area surrouned with greenery and temples, which is a place you can spend a whole day with your family and friends. While going to top of hill, you will come across few beautiful gaderns and ashrams.

Finding way to Saptasajya is not a hard task, from the high way take the road towards sankarpur or famous village for Dhokras crafts Sadeibereni, you will find it exactly after 8 kms. Enjoy.

Saptasajya, Dhenkanal, Odisha
Saptasajya, Dhenkanal, Odisha