Do Dham yatra is a popular choice in Uttarakhand
It is believed by the Hindu monks since the ancient time that the entire universe was made by Hindu god. The number of Hindu gods is almost 33 crore. Male gods are called Devas, and female gods are called devis. Each and every gods has their different and specials powers and looks. Many of them are mixture of human and animal. Many of them are plants. Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, are the main gods and Parvati, Laxmi, Kali are the main goddess of Hindus. Pilgrimage is one of the common way to worship.
People from one end to another end of a country use to go overcoming the limitations on the way like high cliffs, muddy trails, uneven roads, etc. to worship their favorite gods and to remove sins.
In India there are many pilgrim locations are located. Among them the Do-dham and Chardham Yarta is the most popular.In India temples of Hindu gods are situated here and there. Four holy sitesBadrinath, Dwarka, Puri and Rameshwaram are called Chardham together. Vishnu is worshipped in Badrinath. Jagannath is worshipped in Puri, Lord Krishna, a form of Vishnu is worshipped in Dwarka and in Rameshwaram Shiva is worshipped. Among this four holy lands, Badrinath is the most popular, and Badrinath and Kedarnath together are called do-dham.
Kedarnath is another name of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva is worshipped in Kedarnath temple. Kedarnath is located in the Garhwal region of the Himalayan range in Uttarakhand and built more than 1000 years ago. The temple is opened for normal people in the months from April to November due to extreme weather conditions. There is no direct road connected to the temple. People have to walk 22 kilometers through uneven, sacred paths.
According to some Hindu myths, it is heard Pandavas made this temple to worship lord Shiva after the Kurukshetra war to beg forgiveness. And it is also heard that where the temple is built, Lord Shiva released the holy water from his matted hair. And that is the river Ganga. This belief attracts thousands of Hindu pilgrims every year.
Vishnudeb is worshipped in Badrinath temple. The temple is located at a town, named Badrinath, in Uttarakhand, along the bank of Alakananda River. The temple Badrinath is also opened for pilgrims from April to November. Having1060000 visits, Badrinath holds the most visited Pilgrimage location. Though there is no history about this temple, the mythological story says that Vishnudeb once sat here to meditate unknowing about the cold weather. And later his peer saved him in form of Indian date tree (Badri tree). Being pleased, Vishnudeb named the place as ‘Badrika Ashram’. Maybe that’s why the name of the location is Badrinath.
In addition to these reasons, devotees also think the harder they go to visit god, the more virtue they will gain. That is why, being a uneven and remote area, Do-dham is the most popular pilgrimage to devotees.