In Hindu mythology attaining moksha or ultimate mukti is the best form of survival. Mythology have also honoured four places in India, as 4 dhaams and visiting these four places will facilitate one to attain moksha. Hence the concept and practice of 4 dhaam came into being.
The Char Dham as noted by Adi Shankaracharya comprises of four Vaishnavite pilgrimages; namely Badrinath, Dwarka, Puri and Rameshwaram
Located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, Badrinath is one of the most popular religious hubs in India. Resting snugly between Nar and Narayana Ranges, by the bank of Alaknanda River. According to one mythological stories, Lord Vishnu had performed difficult atonement at this site. During his sincere meditation, he was ignorant about the extreme weather conditions. To shield him from the sweltering heat of the sun, his spouse Goddess Lakshmi developed the shape of Badri tree and spread over him, giving him shade and comfort. Regarded as the most noteworthy temple of Vishnu, the Badrinath shrine is said to be re-instated by Adi Shankaracharya
The Shree Jagannath Temple of Puri is a significant Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Jagannath, an incarnation of lord Vishnu, situated on the eastern coast of India, at Puri in Odisha. The temple is a popular pilgrimage destination and one of the four great ‘Char Dham’ pilgrimage centres. The temple is sacred to all Hindus and particularly in those who follow Vaishnava traditions.
Perched on the coast of Sourashtra in Gujarat, amid Gomati Dwarka and Bait Dwarka, Nageshwar is a favourite and one among the 12 jyotirlingas in India. Numerous of devotees pay a visit the temple of Nagnath; one of the four dhaams, round the year, to receive blessings from the holy shrine of Nageshwar Mahadev placed in a subversive sanctum. The place offers breath taking views of Arabian Sea and
Rameshwaram Jyotirlinga is mythologically believed to be adored by Lord Rama, after his extraordinary victory over Ravana. Rameshwaram Jyotirlinga is also one of the most visited holy places in India and also one among the char dhams of India. Much famed as ‘Varanasi of the south’ this southernmost jyotirlingas of the country, is surrounded by sea and shows off of its marvellous architecture, ornated corridors and 36 theerthams.