The Vedas say that Hinduism is not a religion but ‘Sanatan Dharma’, a way of life. Every Hindu has his or her way of defining Hinduism. The Adi Shankracharya gave the term ‘Char Dham’ or the ‘Four Pilgrimage Sites’ during the twentieth century. The four temples include ‘Badrinath’, ‘Dwarka’ and ‘Rameswaram’. Although the origins of ‘Char Dham’ are not proven or clearly known to people as yet, Hindus believe that they should once in their lifetime visit these ‘dhams’ or ‘sites’. There is a story behind the ‘Char Dham’, which says that the ‘Shankracharya’ kept his foot on all these sites and so they finally became sacred for the Hindus. The ‘dhams’ for Hindus in India supposedly divided according to the sects or castes namely, Saivism and Vaishnism.
The castes were divided according to the occupation of a person so that the society could be divided in a proper manner. The journey across the four pilgrimage sites is considered to be extremely sacred. Badrinath is one of the most sacred ‘dhams’ of Hindus located near the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. According to the stories told about this place, it is considere the seat of Lord Vishnu. The Kings of Garhwal originally built the temple almost two centuries ago. Lord Vishnu, who is called as Badri in the town, is made of black stone in the temple. He sits in a meditative posture with a ‘shank’ or conch in a hand and ‘chakra’ in the other two arms. The posture is a typical yogic pose and most Hindu gods are found to be sitting in yogic postures.
Badrinath in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand is one among the best known pilgrim centres in India. This beautiful tourist place with the backdrop of Neelkanth mountain peak presents fabulous sight scenes for tourists. Gorgeous view of snow capped mountains, sacred ponds and undulating peaks makes the land a real paradise on earth. It is an ideal destination for those people seeking for peace and relaxation. This holy town surrounded by Nar and Narayan mountain ranges is located at an altitude of 3133 meters above sea level. This tourist destination coming under the list of Char Dham pilgrimage has great mythical significance. Let’s see an exciting Badrinath holiday package covering fabulous sight scenes within five days time period.