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Short Pilgrimages In Uttarakhand

India is a land of culture, traditions and a rich mosaic of colourful heritage that are very distinct from one another. Some of these beliefs require the person to go on pilgrimages for salvation and Uttarakhand is one of the top places for an enlightening experience. There is no shortage of pilgrim destinations in Devbhoomi Uttarakhand. From the Hemkund sahib Yatra for the Sikhs to the Char Dham Yatra for the Hindus this place embraces all religions with open arms. However, these pilgrimages require you to travel for a minimum of 10 days and is extremely time consuming. If you are travelling from far away and do not have that much of time to spare yet you wish to go on a pilgrimage then there are several options available. Here are few pilgrimages that you could opt for if you have limited time to experience the deep spirituality that this state has to offer:

Do Dham Yatra:

This could be considered as a time saving version of the holy char Dham Yatra where the pilgrimage takes you to the 4 holy portals of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. As the name suggests this journey can take you to of the any four temples i.e. a do Dham can be of Kedar – Badri or Gangotri – Yamunotri. To save even some more time you could opt for the Do Dham Yatra by helicopter that not only offers a quick pilgrimage but also promises a very scenic and breathtakingly comfortable journey. Do Dham Yatra is the perfect choice also for people planning on undertaking this tour as an extended weekend plan as well.

Short Pilgrimages In Uttarakhand :Do Dham Yatra
Short Pilgrimages In Uttarakhand: Do Dham Yatra 

Panch Badri Yatra:

The 5 temples dedicated to lord Vishnu are nestled among some of the lushest green and scenic locations across this hill state that can be completed in a minimum of 5 days. This Yatra circuit can be very easily done especially due to the absence of teeming and hurried crowd as compared to the other popularised pilgrimages that take relatively longer duration to cover. The Panch Badri temples include – Badrinath, Bhavishya Badri, Adi Badri, Yogdhyan Badri and Vridha Badri. All these temples share the common feature of being located right next to the holy Alaknanda River in the valley in the Garhwal Himalayan region. It doesn’t take long for the pilgrims to go from one temple to the next since it covers only 5 out of the original 7 or Sapta Badri temples.

Short Pilgrimages In Uttarakhand: Panch Badri Yatra
Short Pilgrimages In Uttarakhand: Panch Badri Yatra

Panch Prayag Yatra:

What better way of having a spiritual experience than making your way through the 5 holy seats of river confluences. These holy meeting spots of the rivers include Devprayag (Alaknanda and Bhagirathi), Rudraprayag (Mandakini and Alaknanda), Nandaprayag (Alaknanda and Nandakini), Karnaprayag (Pindar and Alaknanda) and Vishnu Prayag (Satopanth and Bhagirath Kharak). All these places are located almost in close proximity to one another and offer some of the most enriching spiritual experiences due to their relevance in Hindu mythologies. Going to these sacred meeting points of the rivers and taking a holy deep here is believed to be the way to attaining salvation.

Short Pilgrimages In Uttarakhand: Panch Prayag Yatra
Short Pilgrimages In Uttarakhand: Panch Prayag Yatra

Shakti Peeth Yatra:

Uttarakhand is a well-known place for famous Shaktipeeth in India. The story of these Shaktipeeth dates back to the time when King Daksha (Parvati’s father) had arranged for a holy Yagya. When lord Shiva arrived with his group of animals and ragged clothing the king insulted him in front of everyone. Feeling humiliated at the disrespect shown Sati jumped in the fire of the Yagya. Shiva carried her body from one place to the next in mourning and Indra Dev decided to cut the body of sati into 52 pieces through the Sudarshan chakra. The places where her body parts fell are now these Shakti Peeth. You could opt for a Shaktipeeth Darshan in Haridwar itself and visit: Bhuvaneshwari Mandir, Mansa Devi Temple, Maya Devi Temple, Chandu Devi Mandir etc.

Short Pilgrimages In Uttarakhand: Shakti Peeth Yatra
Short Pilgrimages In Uttarakhand: Shakti Peeth Yatra

Adi Kailash Yatra:

Also referred to as the Chota Kailash Yatra (not to be confused with Om Parvat) this is another one of the most sacred Shiva place of worship in Uttarakhand. If you do not have time to go to the full-fledged Kailash Mansarovar yatra then this is your next best option. If you are able to carve out a few more days than required and manage to get up to a week then this would be a great way of spending some time in the quietude and peaceful hilly green surroundings. It will take you through Pithoragarh, Dharchula, Lamari, Nabi, Kutti, Om Parvat and then back. Be sure to book yourself horse rides to save some more time since trekking here is kind of challenging. However, the resulting feeling of immense devotion and enlightenment you get while reaching the Om Parvat or while making your way through the surreal natural beauty is unparalleled and can only be experienced first-hand.

Short Pilgrimages In Uttarakhand: Adi Kailash Yatra
Short Pilgrimages In Uttarakhand: Adi Kailash Yatra

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