Chota Char Dham destinations in the state of Uttarakhand is one of the most popular pilgrimage and frequently visited by lakhs of tourists/devotees every year. These ancient pilgrimages sites : Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamnotri are called as a Chota Char Dham .The prefix of 'Chota' is used in order to distinguish them from bigger circuit of Char Dham.
Kedarnath is considered to be one of the sacred pilgrimage center for Hindu's. Kedarnath Dham have a temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple is magnificent in its style and architecture, located in the lofty Himalayas at a height of 11,755 feet on the shores of Mandakini river. This is believed to have been constructed by Adi Shankara in the 8th century CE. As per historical name of the region here the god Shiva is worshipped as Kedarnath, the "Lord of Kedar Khand”. This temple also count as one of the 12 shrines known as Jyotirlingas (lingams of light).
Badrinath is a holy town in the state of Uttarakhand, India. This place gets its name from the temple of Badrinath, which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. This temple was founded and re-established as a major pilgrimage site by Guru Adi Shankara in the 8th century. In the waters of Alaknanda, he found a black stone idol of Lord Badri in a Padmasan Posture, considered to be made of Saligram.This idol then installed in a cave near the Tapt Kund hot springs. It is believed that in the sixteenth century, the king of Garhwal moved Lord Badri idol to the present temple.
Gangotri is a town located in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. Gangotri is the origin of river Ganges, which is worshipped as a Goddess Ganga(Ganga Maa) in India. Gangotri stands at a height of 3100 meters above the sea level. This dedicated Goddess Ganga temple is made of white granite. According to the legends and the Hindu mythology, Ganga was the daughter of Heaven, who came down to Earth in the form of a river after a deep and long meditation of Bhagirath for the salvation of King Sagar's (Bhagirath's great grandfather) 60,000 sons.
Yamunotri is one of the highly sacred destination and source of the Yamuna River. Yamunotri is considered to be the seat of the Goddess Yamuna in Hinduism. This holy town will show you the rich Hindu culture and its religious rites. Yamunotri is situated at an elevation of 3,293 m above sea level. The temple, that’s dedicated to goddess Yamuna is the biggest crowd puller here. As per Hindu mythology, It is believed that Yamuna is the daughter of Surya(the Sungod) & the sister of Yama, the god of death. Between May and October, thousands of devotees throng from all over the world to Yamunotri shire, to wash off their sins and seek the blessings of the goddess Yamuna.