Spiritual Tour
Uttarakhand also popularly known as valley of GODS and devbhumi offers abundant spiritual tours ranging from various durations according to the availability of time at the disposal of tourist and their budget.

The few are named below:- Panch kedar ,Panch Badri,Neel kanth Mahdev,Temples of baijnath and Bageshwar, jageshwar complex of temples ,devi darshan temples:-Kunja puri,surkanda devi ,chander badni,temple tour of haridwar covering the ancient temples of daksh and Bilkeshwar Mahadev.

Panch Kedar Yatra

The Panch Kedar Yatra is one of the most strenuous and exciting pilgrimages to be taken in India. The Panch Kedar Yatra includes the holy pilgrimage to the five most revered temples of Lord Shiva: Kedarnath Temple, Madhyamaheshwar Temple, Tungnath Temple, Rudranath Temple and Kalpeeshwar Temple. According to mythology, the Pandavas after winning the epic Mahabharata battle went on this Kedar Yatra to free themselves of the sin of killing their own brothers (the Kauravas). At Kedarnath, Lord Shiva turned himself into a bull on seeing the Pandavas approaching him. However, the Pandavas realized this as Lord Shiva’s test and as the Lord as a bull forced himself through the ground; the strong Bheema prevented the bull from disappearing. The tussle resulted in Lord Shiva getting torn and the resuling pieces manifested themselves as the hump in the Kedarnath Temple, torso in the Madhyamaheshwar Temple, the arms in the Tungnath Temple, the face in the Rudranath Temple and the horns in the Kalpeeshwar Temple. This is why this pilgrimage is called the Panch Kedar Yatra.

Kedarnath, Tungnath , Madhyamaheshwar, Rudranath, Kalpeshwar

Panch Badri Yatra

All as the apt tribute to Lord Vishnu reveres the five Badris. Badrinath is devoted to the worship of Vishnu who, according to an amusing tale, Usurped this place from Shiva. For Vishnu had come here as the gods once did, to offer penance. He loved the place so much that he plotted to unseat Shiva from his meditation here. He took on the form of a beautiful child and began to wail. Shiva's wife, Parvati picked him up but could not calm the child. Since his wailing continued to disturb Shiva, he shifted to Kedamath in exasperation, leaving the spot free for Vishnu to occupy. But remainders of Shiva's stay continue to linger, most visibly in the name, badri, a kind of berry that Shiva was most fond of, and the gigantic tree, invisible to the mortal eye, that served Shiva. Considered one of the Char-Dham or four principal places of Hindu worship, Badrinath's four subsidiary badris include Bhavishya Badri, Yogdhyan Badri,Vridht Badri, and Adi Badri.

Badrinath,Bhavishya badri, Vridha Badri,Yogdhyan badri, Adi Badri

Neelkanth Mahadev

Neelkanth Mahadev is an ancient temple situated at a height of 1675 m, on a hill above Swarg Ashram. It stands adjacent to the mountain ranges of Nar-Narayan, at a distance of approximately 20 km from Rishikesh. It is enveloped between the valleys of Manikoot, Brahmakoot and Vishnukoot. Pankaja and Madhumati, two perennial rivers, meet in confluence at this enormously-rich religious site. The place is surrounded by dense forests and beautiful rivers, making the location a mesmerizing scenic vista. The 12-km stretch from Swarg Ashram to Neelkanth is also an ideal place for trekkers. The place, other than being known for the holy shrine, is also famus for being a picturesque site and an amazing landmark, surrounded by valleys, mountains, forests and rivers. Neelkanth Mahadev, the name of the temple has been derived from the name of Lord Shiva, which means ‘the God with a blue throat’. It is said that Lord Shiva consumed the venom that oozed out during the 'Samudra Manthan‘, the churning of ocean, which made his throat blue in color. This is why He is known as ‘Neelkanth’, giving the temple its name. Mythological tales say that ‘Neelkanth Mahadev Temple’ is the sacred location where Lord Shiva consumed that venom from ocean. The temple was established to pay regards to him. The temple has an ancient architecture and a beautiful complex, comprising of a one natural spring where devotees take a holy bath before entering the premises of the temple. The sanctum sanctorum of the temple houses a ‘Shiv Lingam’, the idol of the presiding deity in a phallic form. The devotees who pay a visit to ‘Neelkanth Mahadev' make an offering of coconut, flowers, milk, honey, fruits and water to the Lord and get ‘Parshad’, the holy gift from God, in forms of ‘vibhuti’ (ashes), ‘chandan’ (sandal-wood) and other holy things from the shrine. There is a special aura about the temple, which fills devotional hearts with celestial pleasure. This is the reason why it is visited by thousands of devotees every year.

 

The Temples of Baijnath

Uttaranchal is one of the great pilgrimage centers of the Hindus in India. Located in Uttaranchal in India, the Temples of Baijnath is visited by hordes of tourists every year. The Temples of Baijnath, Uttaranchal is placed at a close distance from the Kangra valley that attracts huge number of devotees traveling to the destination all the year round. Temples of Baijnath in Uttaranchal is a century old temple that is most renowned for its architectural splendor and the holy deity. The Temples of Baijnath is said to be constructed by the Raja Sansar Chand in 1204 AD. Temples of Baijnath at Uttaranchal is situated at a distance of 36 kilometers east of Kangra. The temple is known for its deity Lord Shiva and is famous for the Linga or the embodiment of Shiva. Especially during the month of March, large numbers of travelers come here to pay homage to Lord Shiva. During this month, the much waited "Shivaratri" festival is held here. The ancient Baijnath temple is built in the Shikhara style and is located within a well maintained complex of beautiful gardens, lawns and pathways in a single walled courtyard. The outside of the Temples of Baijnath is beautiful with some elegantly carved floral patterns and images of various Hindu deities. The sanctum of the temple is 8 feet square by 18 feet. Temples of Baijnath, Uttaranchal has a conical shaped spire. The adytum is entered through a small anteroom and contains a linga of Vaidyanath. There is a 20 square feet mandapa or the front hall with a roof that contains 4 large pillars. The pillars are joined by elevated benches, forming a passage leading to the entrance of the sanctum. The roof of the Temples of Baijnath is in the shape of a pyramid with 2.5 square meters from inside and almost an area of 5.5 square meters from outside. The temple is a unique example of Kangra art and architecture. The Temples of Baijnath, Uttaranchal reflects the rich and lovely mythological and artistic significance of that age. Temples of Baijnath is known for its 'Shivratri Festival'. The festival is held in the month of March to mark the marriage ceremony of Lord Shiva. A huge number of pilgrims visit this temple and rites and rituals are held to mark this festival.

Bageshwar

The Bageshwar temple is dedicated to lord Shiva, in the form of a tiger. It is said Shiva used to visit the place in a tiger's disguise. The place is a panoramic hillstation, near Almora.

Location : Bageshwar is a small hillstation, located 73 Km from Almora, in Uttaranchal.
The Holy Temple
The temple of Bageshwar, also called as Bagnath, is one of the most visited Shiva temples in Uttaranchal. The temple, apart from being famous for its Shiva devotions, is also known for the Uttarayani Fair, biggest of its kind in India. The temple of Bageshwar is dedicated to lord Shiva, in the form of a tiger. There are many other temples in the surroundings, dedicated to other deities. The more famous ones are Chandrika temple, Haru temple and Gauri Udiyar Temple. According to legends, Bageshwar is blessed by Lord Shiva. During Shivaratri (March), Shivaratri fair is held here, which attracts thousands of devotees from far and near. The Uttarayani fair, held in January, is the most sought after fairs in Uttaranchal. Every year thousands of Shiva-Bhakts throng Bageshwar to offer their prayers and to be blessed. Popular belief prevalent here says that prayers at Bagnath Temple are always answered..

Jageshwar

INTRODUCTION

Set amidst a tranquil and serene atmosphere, Jageshwar houses nearly 200 temples built in honor of Shiva Mahadeva. Considered to represent one of the 12 jyotirlingas in India, Jageshwar attracts thousands of devotees during Shivratri very year. They are very sacred centers for the worship of Shiva and are said to have tantric powers too. The town is situated about 34 km from Almora town, on the way to Pithoragarh and Naini. The place is marked for its peaceful environment and pious rendition. Embellished with the tall deciduous deodar trees and winding river Jata Ganga, which finds its way to the side of the temple complex. The continuous chain of snowcapped mountain ranges loom large over this beautiful temple site. Often, pious men from the Himalayas come down here to meditate. Many travelers are also tempted to sit down for some meditation in these portals of piety.

HISTORY

History tells that during the 4th and 5th centuries AD, when the Gupta emperors held sway, the Kumaon hills were being governed by an independent dynasty of Katyuri kings. They selected this site for building temples. The temples originally constructed during the Gupta period were renovated by the rulers of the Ghand dynasty in the 7th century AD. Numerous temples were constructed or restored during the Gurjara Pratihara era and also in the 15th and 16th centuries. The Mahamrityunjaya temple seems to be the oldest of all the temples and dates back to the 8th century AD. The temples of Surya, Navagraha and Neelkantheshvara are of late Katyuri age. It is said that originally four hundred temples existed here, of which only about one hundred and eight have survived.

TOURISTS ATTRACTIONS

There is a gigantic temple structure known as Dandeshwar temple, dedicated to one of the aspects of Lord Shiva. The temple complex is charming and antiquated with fine samples of ancient iconography. Apart from an 18th-century icon of the dancing Shiva, there is a huge iron bell at the gateway of the temple. The bell forms an important link between the local deity known as Gollu Devta and Lord Shiva.

TRADITION -

Most of the shrines are dedicated to Shiva, who is addressed by diverse names. Jageshwara is only a version of Yogisvara (Lord of Yogis). There are other shrines with variegated names of Shiva like Dandeshavara, Nilakantheshvara, Mahamrityunjaya, etc. Other temples dedicated to Surya (the Sun God), Navadurga (nine manifestations of the goddess Durga), Kalika, Pushtidevi and Kubera are also present here. These shrines were built by professional builders by the name of Shivism. They belonged to the Lakulish sect. The jyotirlinga at Jageshwar is visited by thousands of Shiva devotees who come to offer prayers during Shivratri

.ARCHITECTURE -

The temples belong to the simple Nagara style variety. There is a tall curvilinear spire shikhara, surmounted by an amalaka (capstone) and a kalasha crown. The square sanctum sanctorum has its entrance through a carved doorway. Most of the temples have the stone lingams. Impressive stone images are seen around the altar. Two ashtadhatu (an alloy of eight metals) images are outstanding. Particular mention may also be made of a highly impressive image of Ganesha. The Ekamukhalinga is one of the rarest specimens in northern India. There are two magnificent life-sized dwarapalas (door guardians) outside the Jagannath temple.

 

KunjaPuri Temple

Kunjapuri is the name given to a peak having an altitude of about 1,676 m. It lies in Lat. 30`11` N. and Long. 78`20` E., about 93 km. from Devaprayag and 7 km. from Narendra Nagar. It commands a beautiful view of the snow-ranges of the Himalayas and of the valley of the Bhagirathi. It contains an old temple dedicated to the goddess Kunjapuri Devi which is visited by a number of people every year. Nearby, in Agarakhal, there is a dak bungalow situated in picturesque surroundings and maitnained by the public works department. Kunjapuri is said to be one of the sidddhapeeths established in the region by Jagadguru Shankaracharya and legend has it that the upper-half of the body of Sati, wife of Siva, fell here when Siva was carrying it to Kailash after Sati had flung herself in the yajna fires when some derogatory remarks were made about her husband by her father Daksha.

Surkanda Devi

The Surkanda peak lying at an altitude of 2,750 m. in the western part of tahsil Tehri, and is famous for the temple of Surkanda Devi. It is about 8 km. from Dhanolti on the motor road running from Mussoorie to Chamba and is connected with Narendra Nagar which is about 61 km. and with Tehri which is about 41 km. by motor roads. To reach the temple one has to leave the Mussoorie-Chamba road at Kadu Khal and climb a steep ascent of about 1.5 km. on foot. The legend is that Sati, the wife of Siva, gave up her life in the yajna started by her father. Siva passed through this place on his way back to Kailash with the dead body of Sati whose head fell at the spot where the temple of Surkhanda Devi stands.

It commands a beautiful view of Dehra Dun, Rishikesh, Chandrabadni, Pratapnagar and Chakrata. Flowers of varied kinds and colours and indigenous herbs grown in abundance here and some of the beautiful birds of the western Himalayas are also found in the neighbourhood. A local fair is held on the occasion of Ganga Dasahra in Jyaistha when hundreds of devout pilgrims visit this place.

Daksha Mahadev Temple

The Bageshwar temple is dedicated to lord Shiva, in the form of a tiger. It is said Shiva used to visit the place in a tiger's disguise. The place is a panoramic hillstation, near Almora.

Location :Haridwar District, Uttarakhand
Famous For:One of the most ancient temples of Lord Shiva in Uttarakhand


Daksha Mahadev temple is one of the most ancient temples of Lord Shiva, situated in Kankhal. The temple is approximately 4 km away from the main township of Haridwar. Mythologies relate this temple to Daksha Yagya. According to the legends, Goddess Sati's father Daksha Prajapati performed a yagna, a holy ritual, at this place, but did not invite Lord Shiva, his son-in-law. Sati felt insulted by his father's behavior and sacrificed her life in the fire of the yagna.

It is said that it was on the site of the yagna, and Sati's sacrifice, that Daksha Mahadev temple was later built. There is a pit within the grounds of the temple which marks the exact location of the sacrificial fire. One of the five most Holy places in Haridwar, the temple stands as a tribute to the sacrifice of Sati Mata. Also known as Shri Daksheshwar Temple, it was initially built by Queen Dhankaur, in 1810 AD. It was, however, reconstructed in 1962.

The holy Shiv idol, in phallic form, is situated at the centre of Shri Daksheshwar Temple. The temple is visited by thousands of devotees in August, also known as the holy month of Sawan, the month of Lord Shiva in the Hindu calendar. Special rituals are also performed here on the Shivratri, the marriage day of Shiva and Shakti. Close to this temple are two other holy places, Daksha Ghat and Nileshwar Mahadev Temple.

Char Dham Travel Guide

Badrinath Temple
History & Significance
Geographical Facts
Badrinath Temperature
Places to See
Distance to Badrinath
How to Reach ?
Puja in Badrinath
Badrinath Photos
Badrinath Helicopter Packages
 
Kedarnath Temple
History & Significance
Geographical Facts
Kedarnath Temperature
Places to See
Distance to Kedarnath
How to Reach ?
Puja in Kedarnath
Kedarnath Photos
Kedarnath Helicopter Packages
 
Gangotri Temple
Gaumukh
History & Significance
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Gangotri Temperature
Places to See
Distance to Gangotri
How to Reach ?
Gangotri Photos
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Yamunotri Temple
History & Significance
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Yamunotri Temperature
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Distance to Yamunotri
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Puja in Yamunotri
Yamunotri Photos
Yamunotri Helicopter Packages
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