Char Dhum Pilgrimage Tour to Dwarkadhish Temple

Dwarkadhish Temple is at Dwaraka in Jamnagar district of Gujarat, India. The Dwarakadhish Temple, Dwaraka, is one of the four Hindu temples of Char Dhum Pilgrimage tour and is considered as a very sacred temple by Hindus.

The Dwarkadhish Temple
The Dwarkadhish temple at Dwarka, Gujarat, India.

It is believed that every Hindu must visit these 4 Char Dham temples at least once in his or her lifetime to attain salvation. Other three Char Dham temples are Badrinath temple in Utterkahand state, Jaganath Puri temple in Odisha state and Rameswaram temple in the state of Tamilnadu.

The four Char Dham temples makes a perfect square with Badrinath and Rameswaram falling on the same longitude and Dwarka and Puri lying on the same latitude. These 4 temples represents the farthest points of India existed during the time of Great Hindu philosopher and reformist Seer Adi Sankarachraya, who defined these Char Dham temples.

How do I go to The Dwarkadhish Temple?

The Dwarkadhish Temple is well connected by roads to other parts of the country. Ahmedabad is around 450 kilometers from Dwarakadhish Temple and Mumbai (or Bombay as it was known earlier) is at 950 kilometers distance. Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan state is at 1025 kilometers away.

Jamnagar is the nearest airport at 135 kilometers distance from the Dwaraka Temple.

Dwarka railway station is the nearest railway station to the Dwaraka Temple.

Badrinath Char Dham Pilgrimage

Badrinath temple is in Chamoli District of Uttarakhand state in India. Badrinath is one among the four pilgrimage sites of the Char Dham Pilgrimage; other three being Dwarka (in Gujarat state), Puri Jagannath (in Odissa Sate), and Rameshwaram (in Tamilnadu State). These Char Dham sites are a must visit places in ones lifetime for Hindus to attain Moksha (eternal freedom).

Badrinath Char Dham Pilgrimage
Temple at Badrinath, Uttarkhand, India .

Geographically, the char dham pilgrimage temples make a perfect square with Badrinath (North) and Rameswaram (South) falling on the same longitude and Dwarka (West) and Puri (East) on the same latitude, representing the farthest points of India existed during the time of Seer Adi Sankarachraya who defined these Char Dham temples. (Over the last centuries, the coastline has changed a little).

Badrinath temple is holy Vaishnavite temple at a height of more than 11100 feet above sea level. It is referred as a holy place in many of the old scripture books. ‘Adi Shankara’ re-established Badrinath as a holy pilgrimage center in 9th century when he visited this temple and found a black stone of Lord Badrinarayan from the river nearby.

The temple has undergone renovations many a times and the last one was by the Jaipur King in 18th century.

The temple will be closed anytime during October or November; once snowfall starts. It will be closed for the next 6 months or so. The temple re-opens once “Akhand Jyothi” at the nearby Joshimath  or Jyotirmath is observed.

Abisheka Puja and Vishnu Sahasthra nama puja  are the main puja at this temple. (Puja means the act of worship.)

Unlike other temples, the deity at Badrinath temple is covered with blanket!

Badrinath Rawal

The head priest at this temple is known as Rawal. Rawal is traditionally chosen from Nambudiri caste. (Brahmin community in Kerala state is known as Nambudiri.)  Eswari Prasad Nambudiri from Payannur near Kannur in Kerala is the Rawal from 2014. Rawal  should be a bachelor.

Rawal is also the head of Adi Shankara Adwaitha Foundation headed at Badrinath. He is also the head of the village to which the temple belongs.

Unlike other temple priests, Rawal at the Badrinath temple wears a special type of coat. Temple priests in India normally does not wear shirt or dress for the upper part of the body, while conducting rituals.

How do I Go to Badrinath Char Dham Pilgrimage Site?

Rishikesh at around 300 kilometers is the nearest railway had to Badrinath temple. NH 58 connects Badrinath with Rishikesh, New Delhi etc. Regular bus services from Rishikesh to Badrinath. The are no buses to Badrinath after sunset as the road is narrow after Joshimath or Jyotirmath. It is very dangerous to travel in night. You can travel up to Joshimath and stay there (by other modes of transport), if you miss last bus.

Jolly Grant Airport near Dehradun is the nearest airport at 315 kilometers which is well connected to New Delhi International and Domestic airport.

The temple is at around 20 kilometers from China border and the area is totally under the control of Indian military.

Temple City of India Bhubaneswar

Temple City of India Bhubaneswar is in the state of Odisha or Orissa, as it was known earlier, in India.

Bhubaneswar Temple City of India
Ram Mandir, Bhubaneswar

Bhuvaneswar is known as the Temple City of India as there are innumerable temples across Bhuvaneswar which once had  around 2000 temples. Bhuvaneswar is an important Hindu pilgrimage center in India which now boasts of around 500 temples which may be the highest in any part of the world.

The most famous temple in Bhubaneswar is ‘Lingaraj Temple’ which is more than 1000 years old and is among one of the tallest Shiva temple in India.

Vaital temple, Ananta Vasudeva Temple, Muktesvara Temple, and Rajarani Temple are some of the major temples of Bhubaneswar.

Temple City of India Bhubaneswar , by name means, the seat of Tribhubaneswar or ‘Lord Lingaraj’. Bhubaneswar’s history dates back to a minimum of 3000 years starting with the Mahamegha-bahana Chedi dynasty in the 2nd century BCE.

This temple city is on the Eastern Coastal Plains.

Main Festivals of Temple City of India Bhubaneswar

The main festival day is Ashokashtami which comes in March or April,. During this festival, the image of Lingaraja or Lord Shiva and other deities are taken from Lingaraja Templein a procession to the Mausima Temple andis kept there for four days. Lacks of devotees participate in the ‘Rukuna Rath’ or ‘Rath-Yatra’ or ‘Temple car Festival’ which carries the deities.

Durga Puja in September / October is another major festival in Bhubaneswar .Deepavali, Ganesh Pooja and Sarawathi Pooja being other major festivals.

How do I Go to the Temple City of India, Bhubaneswar?

Temple City of India is well connected by road, rail and air to the rest of India. Bhubaneswar is well connected to Puri by Bhubaneswar Puri Transport Services Limited (BPTSL) under JNNURM scheme of central and state government partnership. Buses will run from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Bhubaneswar airport is the nearest airport. BBS is the code for Bhubaneswar railway station in Indian Railway and Catering Corporation’s site, ,  for booking tickets online.

Char Dham Pilgrimage to Shree Jagannath Temple

Shree Jagannath Temple or Jagannath Puri Temple, the famous Hindu pilgrimage tourism temple, dedicated to Lord Jagannath  Jagannath Temple is located in the coastal town of Puri, in the state of Odisha (formerly known as Orissa), India.

Jagannath PuriTemple

Jagannath Puri Temple

Jagannath  means ‘Lord of the Universe’ in  Sanskrit. Puri Jagannath Temple is important particularly to the worshipers of Lord Krishna and Lord Vishnu. Puri Jagannath Temple is part of the ‘Char Dham‘ pilgrimage or charidham (char means Four in Hindi langage), that a Hindu is expected to make in one’s lifetime. The four  Hindu temples in char Dham package tour are Rameswaram, Badrinath, Dwarka and this temple at Puri.

The temple is sacred to the Vaishnavites. Gaudiya Vaishnavism’s founder, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, was attracted to the Puri deity and lived in Puri for many years. Jagannath Puri Temple is the only temple in India where Lord Krishna’s sister, Subhadra, is work-shipped. (along with her brothers Lord Krishna celebrated as Lord Jaganatha in this temple and Lord Balabhadra)

The annual Puri Rath Yathra or Chariot Festival, since medieval times, is very famous and attracts millions of devotes. The three main deities, Jagannath, Balabhadra and the goddess Subhadra, are taken as procession in this festival. This annual procession is also called as Gundicha Jatra or Ghosa Jatra or Dasavatara Jatra or Dasavatara Jatra or Jagannath rath yatra and by many other names.

Entry Restrictions at Jagannath Puri Temple

Practicing Hindus of non-Indian descent and Hindus of non-Indian origin are excluded from entering the temple premises. Those who are denied entry can view God Jagannath from the roof of the nearby Raghunandan Library at the main entrance to the temple.

How Do I Go to Shree Jagannath Temple?

Puri is an important terminus among the railway stations in India, one kilometer north of the town. There are direct trains to most parts of India from Puri. The railway station code for Puri is ‘PURI’, on the website of Official railway ticket booking site,

There are direct bus services to KolkottaVisakhapatnam and many other cities. Frequent buses are there to nearby cities of  Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. Cycle rickshaws are available. You can hire a bicycle or a motor cycle and go around the city.

Bhubaneswar airport is the nearest airport to Shree Jagannath Temple, at 60 kilometers away.

Rameswaram temple

Rameshwaram Express

Rameshwaram Express crossing Pamban bridge from the mainland to Rameshwaram (Photo credit: RedEyedRex)

Rameshwaram temple is on the Pamban island off mainland India in the Bay of Bengal connected to Tamilnadu by Pamban bridge. The temple is well known for its magnificent corridors and massive sculptured pillars. The third corridor in the temple is the largest corridor in the world. This  temple and the town are hence known as ‘The Corridor of Faith’

According to legend, this is from where the Lord Rama built a bridge, across the sea to Lanka, to rescue his consort Sita, from her abductor Ravana. There is a temple named “The Ramanathaswamy Temple” which is dedicated to Lord Shiva in the town which is closely associated with Lord Rama.

This  temple and the town are considered as a very holy pilgrimage site  for both Shaivites and Vaishnavites for performing rites for ancestor’s spiritual well being.  Every Brahmin, whether  Shaivite or Vaishnavite, believe that it is their duty to visit, Kasi Vishwanath Temple and Rameswaram Temple, at least once in their lifetime, to  give sacred oblations to their ancestors. Rameswaram is well known for its 22 ‘Theerthas’ or wells in and around the main Rameswaram temple.

Rameswaram temple is spread on a 15 acre land and there is a colossal ‘Nandi’ statue in the temple which is the seventh largest Nandi statue in the world measuring 12 feet by 9 feet. (Lepakshi in Andhra Pradesh state, India has the largest Nandi statue in the world with 27 feet length and 15 feet height)

Rameshwaram is also spelt as Ramesvaram, Rameswaram or Ramisseram.

How Do I Go to Rameshwaram Temple?

Rameswaram is well connected by train services from Tamilnadu. Nearest airport is Madurai. Rameshwaram is well connected by roads also. Rameshwaram temple is at around 572 kilometers away from Chennai, the capital city of Tamil nadu state.

What are the Aquatic Related Places to Visit at Rameshwaram?

Pamban island has beautiful beaches. Olaikuda Beach is famous for coral reefs and ocean reefs. Scuba diving is permitted here. Olaikuda Beach is at a distance of one kilometer from the Rameshwaram temple. Rameswaram is a fishing center with many varieties of fishes available.

Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam National Memorial at Rameswaram

Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam National Memorial on the island town is a newly added national monument, inaugurated on the 27th July 2017.